York's Purpleman To Cycle Into Syria To Deliver 1000 Cuddly Toys
5:33am 29th April 2014
(Updated 5:36am 29th April 2014)
Sitting on his purple bike in Stonegate, Purpleman meets many hundreds of visitors each day. It was once such encounter with a Syrian refugee now living in Harrogate, which brought the plight of the Syrian children home to Purpleman, and set him on his course.
Says Purpleman, “People stop to have their photograph taken with me and some take the time to chat. One day I got talking to a gentleman from Syria who told me about his life back home and the terrible conditions children are living in inside Syria.
“As Purpleman my aim is to put a smile on people’s faces, and in their hearts. I decided there and then that I needed to take the power of purple love directly to the children of Syria. I feel that the warmth of the people of Yorkshire can best be expressed to these children through the gift of soft toys. Everyone can relate to a cuddly toy.”
Purpleman told Minster FM:
Next month Purpleman will fly to Turkey with the donated cuddly toys, where friends have arranged for a purple bike and trailer to be ready. Dressed in the full Purpleman clothing he plans to cycle across the border into Syria.
“Logistics and visas to cross into Syria are not without challenges,” says Purpleman, “but I’m confident that the sight of me carrying toys and the simple message of hope and love for children will carry me across the border. I don’t expect the Syrian border guards will have encountered anything like Purpleman before! I will also be making contact with Save the Children in Turkey who I hope can help me plan the distribution of the toys.”
Purpleman is aiming to take 1000 cuddly toys to Syria. He already has several hundred but is appealing for further donations. Anyone who is able to donate cuddly toys to the Purpleman Syria appeal should drop them off at the Pyramid Gallery in Stonegate, York by Wednesday 7th May.
You can follow Purpleman’s travels on twitter @purpleman1, Facebook (Purpleman York) and via the website www.purpleman.com.
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