Considerable numbers of London-based volunteers distributed 3,000 roses on Sunday afternoon near the London Bridge where a terror attack killed eight people and left more than 50 people injured on June 3.
Celebration Of Unity
“We wanted to just celebrate unity at a time when our society was so divided from the attacks last week.” volunteer Laila Rob said.
“We just felt really disheartened by what had happened.” Rob told CNN.
The volunteers showed solidarity and unity with the pedestrians as they hugged and cried with them while sharing stories with one another. It was noted that people loved to be given flowers; however, the conversation meant more for them.
“It was more about the idea behind the rose than just giving out the rose.” Rob said. “That’s what we want to create: just an open platform for that dialogue.”
Of course, most of the people who volunteered to show unity and solidarity were British Muslims. While the conversations they had with passers-by focused on racial commonalities. Rob was thrilled to see that emotion come out from people.
The idea to distribute and hand out the roses first passed over 27-year-old Zakia Bassou’s mind, after talking with a florist from Zara Flora Flowers in East Grinstead, West Sussex.
Bassou and some friends set up fund raising group, hoping for £600 ($765). However, they finally raised more than £2,500, as of Tuesday afternoon.
Their goal was “to raise money for 1000 roses which we’ll gift on Sunday 11th June at London Bridge in an expression of love, solidarity and appreciation.” the post read.
The volunteers ended up purchasing more than triple the amount of roses they initially planned to purchase.
Volunteers distributed about 3,000 and left 500 more at the memorial site for a vigil that took place later that night.
Rob said that they have money left over and they are planning to use it for good.