May 28, 2019
Dear Wilmington Neighbor,
Each year in June communities around the world gather to celebrate World Refugee Day. This is a day for awareness of the global refugee crisis– with more than 25 million refugees worldwide—as well as a time for people to meet their neighbors in Wilmington resettling as refugees. Refugees have been forced out of their home-country because of persecution, war and violence, and arrived in Wilmington hoping for a new, safe home. On June 22nd, 2019 we will honor our community of global refugees rebuilding their lives in Wilmington, North Carolina with our 5th annual World Refugee Day Festival.
This year, we invite you to take part in this important event, which will be celebrated at the new Nir Family YMCA. Wilmington’s World Refugee Day Festival is a free, multicultural, family-friendly, community event. Wilmington’s World Refugee Day Festival includes a youth and adult 3 vs. 3 soccer tournament, an international potluck (at noon in the gym), and activities for all ages such as yoga, drum and dance.
Wilmington’s refugee community started in 2010, and included refugees resettling from Burma, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Iraq, & Ethiopia. World Refugee Day is a celebration of our global neighbors and their cultures. Our World Refugee Day Festival is an important step toward rebuilding the lives of those who have endured so much. Please join us to celebrate Wilmington’s diverse refugee community. We hope that you—a local business, organization or neighbor— would like to contribute to this event, through:
- Goods Donation (e.g. food, paper products, water bottles, or raffle item)
- Advertisement of the festival and/or soccer tournament through your organization.
Sponsors giving over $200 or more will be named as major sponsors on all print and electronic media before and the day of the event. Supporting sponsors ($100-$199 donation) will also be advertised at the event.
Please reply by June 4th for your business logo to be included on the event’s promotional flyers and banners. To contribute toward Wilmington’s World Refugee Day Festival, or to sign up for the soccer tournament (children and adults welcome!) please email globalconnectionsILM@gmail.com.
More festival details, including a volunteer sign up sheet, coming soon. Thank you for your continued interest and support with our work.