Award winning Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins has released a video to accompany her latest song, a tribute to the Syrian Kurdish boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach last year.

“Oh Canada” tells the story of Alan Kurdi who drowned in a failed attempt to cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Europe, from where his father hoped to take the family to Canada.

Higgins will donate all proceeds from the song to Asylum Seeker Resource Centres. “It took a while to sort through all the emotions it brought up – including anger – and realise that I wanted to write about it,” she told Guardian Australia. “I tried not to take the moral high ground or point the finger at anyone, but rather tell the story as it happened. That in itself, I think, is powerful and devastating enough.”

Higgins hopes the song will be not only a fitting tribute to the memory of Alan, but also a reminder that similar incidents happen every day. Above all, she wants the song to be a message about the importance of hope, love and giving.

“Oh Canada” can be purchased on iTunes.