Celebrate great contribution they have made to society
15th June 2010: Commemorate the World Refugee Day by carrying an umbrella during a parade. You can join the World Refugee Day Umbrella Parade on Sunday 20 June and march through London to celebrate the protection of refugees and the great contribution they have made to the society.
The participants will carry a huge white umbrella, as a symbol of care and shelter, representing proud tradition of offering safety to those in fear for their lives. The umbrellas will be available free of charge at the meeting point.
Similar parades are also taking place in eight other cities in Europe, so you will be marching in solidarity with thousands of others across the continent.
The Refugee Week says need as many people as possible to join them, and `make as much noise as possible’; and is asking you to tell `all your friends and help us celebrate the fact that we offer a place of safety to those who have suffered war, torture and persecution’.
The `World Refugee Day Umbrella Parade’ takes place between 1:30pm and 4:00pm at Central London. You can collect your umbrella at 1.30pm at Horse Guard’s Avenue where the parade will begin at 2pm sharp.
The parade will take you past the Houses of Parliament, across Westminster Bridge, and finish in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park outside the Imperial War Museum – just over a mile away. You can bring a picnic to enjoy at the end of the march, if the sun is shining!
The parade is a Refugee Week event and is being held in conjunction with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Refugee Week partnership, which includes Amnesty International, British Red Cross, Oxfam, Refugee Action and Student Action for Refugees.