Large Syrian family now expected to arrive Thursday
Sponsorship group received an update Tuesday about earlier arrival
A group waiting to welcome an 11-member Syrian family to Charlottetown doesn't have long to wait — the group received an update Tuesday that the family will arrive on P.E.I. Thursday morning.
A group of Queens County churches and a number of individuals, including Charlottetown's Bonnie Stewart, are sponsoring the family.
"This is the fourth change in arrival date the group has been given, and so they won't for sure until the family is on the ground, but they're hopeful," says Stewart.
Instability in Turkey
The family was originally supposed to arrive from Turkey on July 19. That was pushed back to Tuesday, and then the sponsorship group was told the family wouldn't arrive until August 10.
Stewart said they weren't sure why the date had been pushed back that far.
"They're in a refugee camp in Turkey. Things in Turkey have been politically a little bit unstable for the last 10 days or so. We're not sure if they're any correlation between that and the fact that they've been delayed," said Stewart.
But Stewart said she got a call Tuesday that the delay won't be as long as initially expected.
Father is a skilled worker
The family has nine children, who range in age from five months to 16 years. The father is a skilled worker, so Stewart is hopeful he will find a job quickly.
The family will be living at the Charlottetown Trinity manse, which the sponsorship group is renting for them.
The P.E.I. churches raised more than $50,000 to support the family. The group also ran a GoFundMe campaign that raised $26,000 with people donating from all over the world, including from Qatar, Australia and Scotland.
With files from Laura Chapin