It's not too late to help children forced to flee violent conflict in the DRC.
Send a quick email to your Federal MP and ask them to fund the DRC Humanitarian Action Plan
On the first day of the school holidays (8 April 2019), we covered the stairs of St Paul's cathedral with bears donated by Australians to symbolise children displaced by conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The Dean of Melbourne from St Paul's Andreas Loewe, the CEO of World Vision Claire Rogers, former DRC refugee Clyde Sharady and Humphrey B. Bear celebrated with a steady stream of people who stopped by to take photos with the bears and learn more from our peaceful and furry installation for the Safe & Free campaign for refugees.
Karen Quist from the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre and Karen Elkington from the Salvo's Asylum Seeker & Refugee Service were also on hand to receive the donated teddy bears which will now be distributed to children in need they work with who've recently found safety in Melbourne.
We believe everyone has the right to be safe and free - especially children.
That's why we're advocating for the Australian Government to stop turning its back on the crisis still unfolding in the DR Congo.
To help, as a nation we must:
*The United Nations' DR Congo Humanitarian Response Plan provides emergency food, water, shelter and other essentials for over 12 million people people in urgent need from the DR Congo.
We aim to collect 480 new or 'as-new' teddy bears. That number represents and raises awareness about the 480 DR Congolese children under five who are forced to flee their home and their country each day.1
 Based on average: UNHCR Statistics 12 April - 30 January 2019
Alternatively, you can mail your bears to World Vision c/- the above address.
Please ensure your donations are:
The bears will be displayed on prominent stairs in towns and cities around Australia. Scroll down to watch our 2018 #BearsOnStairs video to get a better idea. Confirmed #BearsOnStairs events for 2019 are also listed below.
After the events some of the teddy bears will be given to displaced children World Vision works with in the DR Congo. Most will find new homes here in Melbourne through two great domestic charities working directly with newly arrived Asylum Seekers and Refugees, your family's way of saying 'Welcome to Australia':
12 noon, 8 April - Stairs of St Paul's Cathedral, Swanston St, Melbourne RSVP on Facebook
Fill out the form below if you're interested in holding your own #BearsOnStairs event, would like to help us collect bears in your community, or would just like to be kept in-the-loop.
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The Australian Government can and should do more to help people around the world in the most urgent need of a fair go. To start, we must stop ignoring the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and start funding the DRC Humanitarian Action Plan.
Email your MP about increasing Australian Aid and funding the DRC Humanitarian Action Plan
Photos: Kate Geraghty, Sydney Morning Herald and Brianna Piazza, World Vision Australia
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