It’s been a very dark day. There’s no denying that. And it’s not over yet.
We avoided providing coverage today because there were news outlets out there much more qualified and equipped than we were. What we can bring you tonight is coverage on a heartwarming example of the internet using its powers for good – at a time when a horrible darkness is threatening our nation.
At its heart, the campaign is aimed to provide assistance to those dressed in religious attire – particularly given they’re the ones that suffer the most persecution in the wake of events such as these. Users are offering to accompany people on public transport for protection, support, and a shoulder to lean on.
On a day like today, it’s a nice reminder that there’s still hope out there – and special to know that compassion and support still exists in such a massive way.
The hashtag got started early this morning when Twitter user @sirtessa sent out the following:
If you reg take the #373 bus b/w Coogee/MartinPl, wear religious attire, & don’t feel safe alone: I’ll ride with you. @ me for schedule.
— Sir Tessa (@sirtessa) December 15, 2014
It extended beyond the CBD:
Anyone who needs company on the train to Newcastle that just left Central. I’m at the back carriage now. I’m off at Eastwood #illridewithyou
— Elias Jahshan (@Elias_Jahshan) December 15, 2014
And went interstate:
— Kitmas Pudding (@HarvsK) December 15, 2014
People got innovative:
— Kristen Boschma (@Kristen_Boschma) December 15, 2014
They offered up their tunes as well:
#illridewithyou and I’ll also share my iPod with you providing you also want to listen to Carole King on the commute.
— Peter Taggart (@petertaggart) December 15, 2014
The momentum was enormous:
— Twitter Australia (@TwitterAU) December 15, 2014
It helped us see how far we’ve come:
Almost nine years to the day since Cronulla Riots. We’ve come a long way. #illridewithyou
— Michael Tomalaris (@miketomalaris) December 15, 2014
Mostly it was just really bloody heartwarming:
#illridewithyou is the Australia I know and love.
— David Campbell (@DavidCampbell73) December 15, 2014
You can tweet your support by using the hashtag #illridewithyou.
Stay safe everyone.