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In Solidarity - Our London Family

Published June 11, 2021 14:00

Along with the rest of the community, and around the world, we stand with #OurLondonFamily.

We'll be adding links and resources as we get them. Please contact Christina Yung, Executive Assistant, if any changes are required to this page. (E-mail cyung@bgclondon.ca or call 519-434-9115 ext. 241).

We will also be sharing information from our friends at London Muslim Mosque. They have been in contact with family members and have received information about their wishes for privacy and time for grieving.

You can visit London Muslim Mosque's website, follow them on Facebook or Instagram for all of the latest information.

  • Please do not share private images of the family.
  • Please do not share their names unless you were given permission directly by the family.
  • Please respect their wish for privacy and time to grieve.

Vigil at London Muslim Mosque

If you weren't able to attend or watch the vigil live, you can watch the recording on CBC News' YouTube channel - https://youtu.be/4IvhaEG3HWg

London Multi-Faith March to End Racism and Islamophobia

St Aidan's Anglican Church London is organizing a multi-faith march to end hatred for this Friday, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. - https://www.facebook.com/events/1147186765801022/.

The march will start at the crash site at Hyde Park and South Carriage Road at 7:00 p.m. and end at the London Muslim Mosque on Oxford Street.

Southbound lanes of Hyde Park Rd. from South Carriage Rd. to Oxford St. and Eastbound lanes of Oxford St. from Hyde Park Rd. to Wharncliffe Rd. will be closed from 6:00 p.m. to roughly 10:00 p.m. Friday.

Please follow their event page on Facebook for the latest updates about this event.

Everyone who wants to march to end racism and Islamophobia is welcome to attend regardless of their faith including anyone who is atheist, agnostic, etc.

Event Timeline

  • 6:45 p.m. - Please gather at the starting point by 6:45 p.m. (Hyde park and South Carriage by the Peavy Mart) (formerly TSC store)
  • 6:50 p.m. - Opening remarks and instructions
  • 7:00 p.m. - Firm departure time
  • 8:30 p.m. - Arrive at the Mosque
  • 8:40 p.m. - Moment of silence
  • 8:45 p.m. - Interfaith remarks
  • 8:55 p.m. - Closing Prayer

From the event page (not from BGC staff):

  • We look forward to seeing a massive show of support on Friday, and resounding statement of love that overwhelms hate.
  • We are asking for people to bring signs and banners, etc. and to do so with messages that show love, support, and calls for an end to heat.
  • We are asking everyone to be respectful. This is a peaceful walk. It is sponsored by communities of faith all of whom believe in the ways peace and non-violence.
  • Please wear a face mask
  • Respect physical distancing
  • Not everyone can or should walk the full 7 km route. Join along the way or leave when you've walked enough.
  • HYDRATE - bring your water bottle. There will also be water available along the route.
  • Please use the sidewalk where possible for the walk.
  • Please wear proper footwear for walking!
As a car obsessed culture, many are asking what to do about parking.
  • Consider taking London transit to the departure site. Use London transit to go from the mosque to your home.
  • Have a family member or friend drop you off from our starting point, or anywhere along the nearby route prior to 6:30 p.m. The event should be over by 9:15 p.m. and pick up can be arranged at the Cherryhill Village Mall.
  • If you must bring your vehicle, there is available street parking in the neighborhood. There are as well a couple of locations with parking lots underutilized at the moment
  • Thank you, West Park Church for making your lot available! (955 Gainsborough Rd. - opens in Google Maps)

Mental Wellness Support - Call and/or Text

For anyone who needs it, here are some support lines you can connect with at any time:

Note: The CMHA Elgin-Middlesex Crisis Centre is temporarily relocating to 534 Queens Ave, starting on June 16 for six to eight months. At this time, their Huron site will be inaccessible. More details available here: https://bit.ly/3vUH49w

Donations

LaunchGood

Donations can be made until June 30th, 2021 - https://www.launchgood.com/campaign/london_community_united_against_hate

**Please Note: Two LaunchGood pages were set up with consent from family members, another one organized by Amenah Nomani. The pages have been consolidated into one to avoid confusion.

This campaign is supported by the London Muslim Community, NCCM, and Islamic Relief Canada. All funds will be disbursed through Islamic Relief and done in consultation with family members.

Salman Family Sadaqa Jariya Fund

Donations can be made - https://gofund.me/a8335610

Donations collected will be used in the form of sadaqa jariya inshAllah. Sadaqa jariya is an important concept within Islam - it is a gift that not only benefits others in this life but also benefits us and our loved ones in the next. (Hadith of the Prophet ﷺ, narrated by Muslim) “When a person dies, all their deeds end except three: a continuing charity, beneficial knowledge and a child who prays for them.”

This campaign is organized by Sara Yasir, a close friend of the family, and supported by Sana Ghani (niece of Madiha). Representatives from London Muslim Mosque and Islamic Relief are aware, approve and support this fundraiser.

London Community Foundation - Strong Together Fund

In response to the awful act of racism and Islamophobia committed on the evening of June 6 in northwest London, and in honour of the family whose lives were stolen, London Community Foundation has established the Strong Together Fund – seeded with an initial gift of $10,000 from LCF and dedicated to healing and nurturing an inclusive, hate-free community.

Donations can be made here - https://www.lcf.on.ca/strongtogether

Funds will be directed to the London Muslim Mosque and the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI). All donations will flow directly to these two organizations to support the Muslim community during this difficult time.

More Resources and Sources for Families

Naseeha

Naseeha is a Mental Health Hotline, and so much more.

7 days a week they answer calls from around the world from Muslim and non-muslims. Naseeha Mental Health has been a great bridge for individuals who are going through life’s challenges. Where hope is lost, Naseeha is found. They provide a safe zone for youths and individuals to talk and get the help they need. They provide workshops to youth across North America, web therapy sessions, and offer texting mental health support 7 days a week.

Click here to read their blog post on how to support loved ones in times of crisis.

Thames Valley District School Board

The Thames Valley District School Board has school mental health professionals available to help. If you would like more information about what is available, please contact your school principal about available mental health services through your school. Supporting your child after a traumatic event can be challenging. You are not alone, there is support for you, your child and your family.

Click here to download a copy of the their PDF guide.

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