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Australian Red Cross launches Syria Crisis Appeal

The Governor General, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, has urged Australians to do what they can to help the millions of people affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Wednesday September 12, 2012

Photo: Sana Tarabishi (SARC)

"As Patron of the Australian Red Cross, and as a mother and grandmother, I urge all Australians to do what they can to ease the distress faced by these vulnerable people," said Ms Bryce.

"Recently I saw the raw impact for myself at the UNHCR Za'atri refugee camp in Jordan. I spoke with women who abandoned their homes and livelihoods, grasping their children with fear and a determination to survive. I felt their exhaustion, desperation, and uncertainty for the future."

Red Cross Head of International Programs, Donna McSkimming, said Syria faces a humanitarian crisis and Australians can help bring emergency relief to the millions of people affected by the conflict by donating to the Syria Crisis Appeal 2012.

"The number of killed and wounded is rising daily in Syria and there are an estimated 2.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Up to one million people have been displaced by the fighting, including around 250,000 who have been forced to flee Syria and are now living in makeshift camps in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey," said Ms McSkimming.

"Donations to the Appeal will go to support the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in providing emergency health care as well as supplying food, water and other essential relief items to people inside Syria. The Appeal will also help the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement assist people in Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq who are who have been forced to flee Syria."

Over the past 12 months, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has been one of the few humanitarian organisations with continuous access inside Syria and has provided aid including food and health care for around 800,000 people affected by violence across the country.

"The reports and images coming out of Syria and the camps of displaced people in neighbouring countries have touched many Australians. The best way you can support the people of Syria is to make a tax deductible donation to the Appeal," said Ms McSkimming.

How to make a donation:

  • You can make a secure online donation;
  • Make a donation via credit card by calling 1800 811 700; or
  • Send a cheque or money order with a note that it is for the Syria Crisis Appeal 2012 to: GPO Box 2957, Melbourne, Victoria, 8060.