Purpleman returns after delivering hundreds of toys to Syrian refugee children

Purpleman returns after delivering hundreds of toys to Syrian refugee children

Purpleman with children at the Anour School for Syrian refugee children in Kirikhan, Turkey, 24 miles from the Syrian border

Terry Brett, Purpleman and Turkish Save the Children worker Alaa Aldeen Almehemeed with teachers and children from the school

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PURPLEMAN has returned from his humanitarian mission to Turkey after delivering hundreds of toys to Syrian refugee children.

The street performer and his friend Terry Brett, of the Pyramid Gallery, spent five days in Antakya close to the Syrian -Turkish border, and delivered their cargo of donated toys to children at a refugee school.

Purpleman said he was overwhelmed by the reception he received, and thrilled to see the toys safely delivered to grateful children.

Within an hour of arriving in Antakya, the Turkish border town where the pair based themselves, they were speaking to Save the Children worker Alaa Aldeen Almehemeed, who arranged for them to visit a school run by Syrian volunteers for refugee children, and on Wednesday they made the trip to Anour School in Kirikhan, 24 miles from the border.

He said: "We took the bike quite close to school in the car, and then I got out and rode in.

"The kids started running round and a massive crowd gathered. We were absolutely mobbed, they were desperate to get the toys. We got a phenomenal reception, the children had made a special sign to welcome me. It was overwhelming.

"The teachers told me the children had waited three years for someone to show them love like this."

Now Purpleman is keen to repeat the trip and has thanked the people of York who generously donated toys.

"It's just sad that there are hundreds of thousands of refugees, and I couldn't give a toy to everyone."

The Pyramid Gallery on Stonegate is once again accepting donated toys for Purpleman.

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2:59pm Sat 14 Jun 14

mitch2nd says...

What a great thing to do, well done
What a great thing to do, well done mitch2nd
  • Score: 15

8:29pm Sat 14 Jun 14

spottycow says...

Spot on FELLA
Spot on FELLA spottycow
  • Score: 8

1:14am Sun 15 Jun 14

redbluelion says...

purples now my favorite color well done mr purpleman a great thing you did the world needs more people like you...... but my favorite footy team play in red so purple will now be my 2nd favorite color..up the city..roll on the new season...
purples now my favorite color well done mr purpleman a great thing you did the world needs more people like you...... but my favorite footy team play in red so purple will now be my 2nd favorite color..up the city..roll on the new season... redbluelion
  • Score: 3

11:53am Sun 15 Jun 14

MrChuckles says...

No doubt the miserable sods will have to pipe up eventually, but what this story shows is anyone can make a difference, no matter how small. Need more people like this, what a great adventure which brought some much needed happiness to those who need it most.
No doubt the miserable sods will have to pipe up eventually, but what this story shows is anyone can make a difference, no matter how small. Need more people like this, what a great adventure which brought some much needed happiness to those who need it most. MrChuckles
  • Score: 6

12:25am Wed 18 Jun 14

snickelwaysofyork says...

Thank you, Purpleman and Terry, for making a difference.
Thank you, Purpleman and Terry, for making a difference. snickelwaysofyork
  • Score: 0

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