After 5 years the Syria crisis has become the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II.
By promoting the Syria Crisis Appeal in your network of family, friends and community, you can help Red Cross provide urgent humanitarian relief to 18 million Syrian people who desperately need help to survive this crisis with hope for a better future.
Inspire | Connect | Act
Follow one or all of these simple steps to champion the Syria Crisis Appeal in your everyday life.
1. Be Inspired
Update - The Syria Crisis five years on
Watch this inspiring video of a Red Cross aid convoy arriving in a besieged town in Syria.
Download and read the Syria Crisis - 5 years on update which details how Red Cross is meeting the urgent humanitarian needs of millions of Syrian people. Or read the online update.
2. Be Connected
Talk about the humanitarian impact of the Syria Crisis
Five years ago, civil conflict broke out in Syria. In those five years, we've seen the biggest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War.
When Red Cross launched the Syria Crisis Appeal in 2012, there were over a million Syrian people who were displaced within Syria or had fled across the border.
Today, five years of intense violence have left 18 million Syrian people in urgent need of help to ensure this crisis - that's almost 80% of Australia's population.
Through donations, Red Cross Red Crescent helps 4.5 million people each month with:
- emergency food parcels and safe drinking water
- emergency health care, including first aid and vaccinations
- hygiene kits with toothpaste, soap, toilet paper and other essentials
- blankets to keep out the cold
- cash grants to help the poorest families pay for medical bills,
- rent and school fees
Your donation will give the families of Syria hope that the world still cares about them, that one day a solution can be found and they can go home again. Your generosity can make a difference, even in a crisis this huge.
You can make a tax-deductible donation at redcross.org.au/syriacrisis or by calling 1800 811 700.
Promote the Syria Crisis appeal on social media
Here are some suggested posts to encourage people on social media to support the appeal.
Facebook, Instagram, Google + and LinkedIn
Five years of intense violence and suffering have left 18 million Syrians in urgent need. Every day the international Red Cross and Red Crescent provides food, medical care, shelter and other assistance. Please donate if you can: we can't keep going without you. See more at http://rcau.org/Zwb1X
5 years of intense violence in #Syria have left 18 million people in crisis. #RedCross is there. Pls donate http://rcau.org/ZwbaL
5 years of intense violence and suffering have left 18 million Syrians in urgent need and Red Cross is there. Please donate if you can
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3. Take Action
Put up community posters
Print this poster as A3 or A4 and put them up in your local area, perhaps in the local library, town hall, cafe or shops.
Download the poster.
Write a letter to the editor
Write to your local newspaper and ask people in your community to support the Syria Crisis Appeal. Here is a sample letter to get you started.
Five years ago civil conflict broke out in Syria. In those five years, we've seen the biggest humanitarian crisis since the Second World War.
I am deeply moved by the devastating impact the war has had on millions of people, especially young people like me. For very young children, all they have known is poverty, suffering and violence.
As a passionate Red Cross member I know that every month Red Cross Red Crescent reaches 4.5 million people across Syria in desperate need with essential aid such as blankets, food, drinking water and medical care. They also provide winter clothing and hygiene kits that help keep people from fleeing from one place to another to find a place they can survive.
Please help Syrian families survive by making a donation to the Syria Crisis Appeal. We can give the families of Syria hope that the world still cares about them, that one day a solution can be found and they can go home again.
[Your name and address]
Host a fundraising event with your friends
If you're feeling really inspired, you can host a fundraising event with your family, friends or workplace to raise money for the Syria Crisis Appeal. It can be as small or as big as you like.
Choose from one of our fundraising events or ideas, or come up with your own! We will support you every step of the way. Find out more about fundraising for Red Cross.
If you have any questions or would like to offer feedback, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org