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Australians Offer To Travel With People In Religious Attire By Tweeting #IllRideWithYou

The terrible events in Sydney, where Martin Place was locked down after an armed man took hostages, have sparked a heartwarming reaction on social media.

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The #IllRideWithYou hashtag was begun by Tessa Kum, a TV content editor and writer who lives in Sydney.

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@sirtessaFollow

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.

5:28 AM - 15 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Maybe start a hashtag? What’s in #illridewithyou?

Sir Tessa@sirtessaFollow

Maybe start a hashtag? What’s in #illridewithyou?

5:29 AM - 15 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

She said:

It is hard to feel hope when you feel helpless. #illridewithyou is a small act, but might be important for someone one day. My thoughts are with those involved, who will be affected for so long to come, and those uninvolved, who are being blamed none the less.

For those of us watching; we live in this world. We aren't bystanders. We aren't helpless.

In a short time the hashtag was trending.

Over 6,500 #illridewithyou tweets already - currently 198 Tweets per minute - god love you Sydney

Trevor Long@trevorlongFollow

Over 6,500 #illridewithyou tweets already - currently 198 Tweets per minute - god love you Sydney

9:15 AM - 15 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Any Muslim person getting the Geelong line in the morning, #illridewithyou if you'd like me too. 6:47AM from southern cross.

Jayme@Jamus__Follow

Any Muslim person getting the Geelong line in the morning, #illridewithyou if you'd like me too. 6:47AM from southern cross.

10:07 AM - 15 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We are all Australians & we will not turn away from our Muslim brother, sisters, fathers, mothers, loved ones & friend #illridewithyou all.

Nikos de Serf@nikt50Follow

We are all Australians & we will not turn away from our Muslim brother, sisters, fathers, mothers, loved ones & friend #illridewithyou all.

10:05 AM - 15 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

read the #illridewithyou hashtag, Australians offering to ride with Muslims who feel unsafe during this horrible situation

SB@BagelSmallsFollow

read the #illridewithyou hashtag, Australians offering to ride with Muslims who feel unsafe during this horrible situation

9:03 AM - 15 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I’m a semi regular commuter on the #mandurah line. If you see me #illridewithyou. I’ll be wearing this scarf.

Terri@KaelaJaelFollow

I’m a semi regular commuter on the #mandurah line. If you see me #illridewithyou. I’ll be wearing this scarf.

9:33 AM - 15 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Blackburn to Southern Cross 9:04am (or the 9:10 if I'm running late) #illridewithyou

Bhakthi@bhakthiFollow

Blackburn to Southern Cross 9:04am (or the 9:10 if I'm running late) #illridewithyou

9:15 AM - 15 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@sirtessa my bad attempt at a pic to help get the message out #illridewithyou

Bhakthi@bhakthiFollow

@sirtessa my bad attempt at a pic to help get the message out #illridewithyou

9:01 AM - 15 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There were also powerful stories being shared.

This is so inspiring. I'm not Australian but I do know that this is a country to be proud of. #illridewithyou

mckenzie@mckenzieroseFollow

This is so inspiring. I'm not Australian but I do know that this is a country to be proud of. #illridewithyou

10:04 AM - 15 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Soon there were further offers from Australians offering to walk with people in religious clothes.

I don't take public transport to work. But #illwalkwithyou any day. Kensington to Surry Hills. #illridewithyou

Daniel Sankey@Daniel_SankeyFollow

I don't take public transport to work. But #illwalkwithyou any day. Kensington to Surry Hills. #illridewithyou

9:14 AM - 15 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The offers spread beyond Sydney.

I don't use public transport, but if you need anyone, #illridewithyou anywhere in Canberra. Can offer lift around Tuggers too. #Canberra

mouthless mutters@ezzbezFollow

I don't use public transport, but if you need anyone, #illridewithyou anywhere in Canberra. Can offer lift around Tuggers too. #Canberra

9:14 AM - 15 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

This isn't just Sydney, is it? Anyone in #Adelaide #illridewithyou from Paradise to the city and back.

Away In A Man-Ger@geraldmellorFollow

This isn't just Sydney, is it? Anyone in #Adelaide #illridewithyou from Paradise to the city and back.

9:14 AM - 15 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The hashtag is now becoming one of the few positive things to come out of the horrific events in Sydney.

Love the #illridewithyou tweets, sad that they need to be posted. Every1 has the right 2 feel safe. Don't condemn all because of one bad egg

Megan@FullOGlee1Follow

Love the #illridewithyou tweets, sad that they need to be posted. Every1 has the right 2 feel safe. Don't condemn all because of one bad egg

9:14 AM - 15 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I haven't felt proud of Aus Government for some time - but I sure as hell feel proud of Australians #illridewithyou #TeamHumanity

Bella Douglas@arabella_yaFollow

I haven't felt proud of Aus Government for some time - but I sure as hell feel proud of Australians #illridewithyou #TeamHumanity

9:11 AM - 15 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

#illridewithyou is so beautiful. Nice to see some light and kindness in between all this horror. I'm so proud to be Australian 🐨

Maxine Naomi@maxinesingsFollow

#illridewithyou is so beautiful. Nice to see some light and kindness in between all this horror. I'm so proud to be Australian

9:33 AM - 15 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Alan White is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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