Published Friday, December 4, 2015 6:48AM MST
Calgary’s Vietnamese community held a fundraiser on Thursday night to help with costs to sponsor a Syrian family’s journey to Canada, saying their plight echoes what they went through themselves.
The event, organized by the Calgary Vietnamese Youth Association, has the goal to raise $10,000 in three months toward sponsoring a family.
The money raised will go towards housing, food, transportation, and schooling.
Officials with the group say the community shares an affinity with the Syrians, because of what happened to them during the Vietnam War.
“Really, it’s a way for us to pay it forward. It’s an opportunity for us to give back to our country, to Canada, for everything we have received so far,” said Anne-Marie Pham with the association.
The event was sold out a week prior, but donations are still being accepted.