Sk8 Against H8 set for Dec. 9


Stokes Amnesty and Stokes Early College Pr;de presents a night of fun and frolic to celebrate that skating is a lot more fun that hating. The students will be raising funds to support the Médecins Sans Frontières program to deliver healthcare and medical support to refugees fleeing hate and fear in Syria, Iraq, and other places throughout the world. The event will be held Dec. 9 at Roll-R-King 1080 S. Old Us 52 in King, from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Musicians, including the Starcatchers, Mason Via, & Aili Harris, Skylar Spence, and Missy Poff will be performing from 4:30p.m. until 6 p.m. Skating will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are ten dollars and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Nearly 60 million people are currently fleeing conflict or persecution around the world. Due to their race, religion, or nationality, these people’s homes are no longer safe places to live and their governments no longer provide them with protection. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works around the world to provide refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) with everything they need from psychological care to lifesaving nutrition. MSF sets up hospitals in refugee camps, helps women give birth safely, vaccinates children to prevent epidemics, and provides access to safe drinking water.

Refugees in Europe are stretching MSF’s resources. The huge numbers of people arriving at the same time as winter is raising fears of a new humanitarian crisis within Europe’s borders. Cold weather is coming to Europe at greater speed than its leadership’s ability to make critical decisions An estimated 700,000 refugees and migrants, have arrived in Europe this year along unofficial and dangerous land and sea routes, from Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Iraq, north Africa and beyond. Tens of thousands, including the very young and the very old, find themselves trapped in the open as the skies darken and the first night frosts take hold. Hypothermia, pneumonia and opportunistic diseases are the main threats now, along with the growing desperation of refugees trying to save the lives of their families. Stokes Amnesty and Stokes Pr;de are raising money to support MSF’s work with refugees in Europe.

Stokes Early College Amnesty International is a service club at Stokes Early College and has been in operation for nearly four years; the organization has hosted a series of events on human rights and related issues since its inception and encourages students to make a commitment to the betterment of their community. South Stokes Amnesty International was formed last year and engages in a variety of social and community events and attempts to raise consciousness of important social issues within the community. It has participated in events with Stokes Early College Amnesty International. Stokes Pr;de is a newly formed organization at Stokes Early College to celebrate diversity and equality and to promote the health and welfare of all. All will be cohosting “SK8 against H8”on Dec. 9 at King RollrKing in King, N.C. from 4:30 – 8 p.m.

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