Sidmothians rally together for 'at risk' people

PUBLISHED: 20:09 16 December 2008 | UPDATED: 11:55 17 June 2010

HUNDREDS of messages of goodwill were sent from Sidmothians to people who are at risk throughout the world, last week. Organised by the East Devon branch of Amnesty International, members and supporters met at the Anchor Inn last Thursday evening to tak

HUNDREDS of messages of goodwill were sent from Sidmothians to people who are 'at risk' throughout the world, last week.

Organised by the East Devon branch of Amnesty International, members and supporters met at the Anchor Inn last Thursday evening to take part in the annual Greeting Card Campaign.

The aim of the event was to send messages of support to people who are unfairly imprisoned, oppressed and tortured.

The group was hoping to send more than 300 cards this year and the event was hailed as a success.

Alison Kerruish, secretary of Amnesty International East Devon branch, said: "A tremendous amount of support was generated for people who are 'at risk' throughout the world.

"Nearly 400 cards have been sent from the group this year, which is a fantastic achievement, and the group would like to extend its thanks to everyone who took part.

"The sort of people who were sent a card included a family in El Salvador whose children, aged seven and three, went missing after being captured by soldiers 26 years ago. They are two of 700 children who disappeared during a 12 year armed conflict."

Amnesty's Greetings Card Campaign runs until January 31. To find out more about the event visit www.amnesty.org.uk/gcc.

The East Devon Branch of Amnesty International is also appealing for new members.

The group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at the Anchor, Sidmouth and organises events throughout the year.

For more information, please contact Alison Kerruish on 07726 321064.

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