For six years we have seen gruesome and heartbreaking images of a country decimated by brutal war. People doing their best to survive.

Over 500,000 people have been killed. 6.3 million are internally displaced and a further 4.9 million refugees have fled the country in search of safety. 4.7 million people are currently living in besieged areas, running short of food, medicines and essential everyday items.

Red Cross Red Crescent are providing life-saving support to more than 5 million people every month inside Syria. Australian Red Cross is supporting the provision of urgently needed relief supplies. 

Every donation makes a difference. This crisis is too big to ignore.

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How are donation funds from the Syria Crisis Appeal used?

Health care

Life-saving medical aid to people unable to access healthcare.


Emergency health care, first-aid and vaccinations.

Food Aid

Emergency food parcels; Hygiene kits; Blankets and other essentials.

Emergency cash

Cash grants.

Safe Drinking Water

Safe drinking water.

How much is Red Cross taking for administrative costs?

Australian Red Cross ensures that at least 90% of funds raised for an international appeal are spent directly on our emergency response programs. Our appeal and administration costs vary depending upon the type and scale of activity, but do not exceed 10% of funds raised.  Up to 10% is deducted and used for indirect administration and appeal fundraising costs to support our important work: e.g. office facilities, staff, and IT services. Fundraising costs include donor call centres, receipting and website.

In the unlikely event that funds raised exceed the amount required to meet the emergency needs of people in affected areas or if there are changes in circumstances beyond Red Cross's control that limit our ability to use funds in the affected areas, Australian Red Cross will direct excess funds to help people in other emergency situations abroad. Any interest earned on donations will be invested back into the appeal.