There will be a nationwide rally “Light the Dark – Australia says Welcome” on evening of Monday 7 September in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Canberra, Launceston, and other places around the nation.

The image of a Syrian child’s lifeless body washed up on the shores of a Turkish beach this week brought the world to its knees. His name was Aylan Kurdi, and he was just three years old.

The sad reality is that Aylan was one among millions of desperate people forced to flee from war and persecution. The world is facing a global refugee crisis on a scale we’ve not seen since WWII, but Australia – our lucky country of a fair go for all – is not doing enough. We can do better to help these people.

We need to do better.

That’s why on Monday night, we will light a candle to remember Aylan Kurdi. We will stand together in solidarity with people across the world who are forced to ask for protection from countries like ours. We’ll shine a light in the darkness, in protest of our country’s abandonment of the world’s most desperate people, who seek only safety and protection.

There’s more, see below …

Event Information

Event: Rally: Light the Dark

When: Monday, 6PM

Where: Melbourne – Treasury Gardens; Sydney – Hyde Park; Perth – Cultural Centre; Adelaide – Elder Park; Hobart: Parliament Lawns; Launceston: Royal Park; Brisbane – Roma St Parklands; Caboolture: Town Square Canberra – Northbourne Avenue cnr Barry Drive at 5PM on Tuesday;

More information: GetUp