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  • Southside

Inspirational Serene (4) donates teddy to children

Thursday, 22nd February, 2018 1:00pm
Inspirational Serene (4) donates teddy to children

Serene pictured with her human rights activist aunt Razan Ibraheem, and her beloved Bootsy.

Inspirational Serene (4) donates teddy to children

Serene pictured with her human rights activist aunt Razan Ibraheem, and her beloved Bootsy.

SOUTHSIDERS have been urged to take their cue from a four-year-old Syrian girl who has donated her teddy to refugee children living in Ireland as part of the Irish Red Cross Toy Drive.

Anyone doing a spring clean this February and finding they have unwanted and unloved toys taking up space in their home are encouraged to give them to children who don’t have any toys to play with.

This is exactly what Serene did when she donated her beloved teddy ‘Bootsy’ to the Irish Red Cross so that he might help another Syrian child feel at home in Ireland, just like he helped her settle in after travelling here from Syria.

Accompanied by her aunt, human rights activist Razan Ibraheem, Serene arrived at Irish Red Cross HQ last week to hand-deliver her treasured teddy.

Serene has been living in Ireland during the conflict in Syria with her family.

Bootsy has been of particular comfort helping Serene to settle into her crèche and new home.

“I want to give Bootsy to kids who need him,” said Serene, who is currently living in the South City Centre.

Syrian families are currently arriving into Dublin Airport on two flights every month.

From there, they travel to Emergency Reception and Orientation Centres (EROCs) such as Mosney and Ballaghaderreen

Some 40 per cent of those who arrive are children aged up to 16-years-of-age and they often have no toys to play with to keep them entertained in the reception centres. 

The Irish Red Cross greets the new arrivals at the airport, provides transport for them to the reception centre, and supplies them with hygiene and baby kits.

Toys are included in some of these kits but the Irish Red Cross has not been able to source enough toys for all of the children.

Toy donations should be sent to Irish Red Cross, 16 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Ideally, toys should be new or nearly new, small, clean, and not battery operated.

Examples include small teddies, puzzles, crayons and colouring books.




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