8 October 2015
The Syrian war, into its fifth year, has created the biggest refugee crisis in the world. According to UNICEF four million refugees, including two million children and their families, have fled to neighbouring countries. Inside Syria more than 7.6 million residents have been displaced.
Isha Alhmoud, a UNICEF ambassador and year 9 student, held a high tea at her home during the holidays and raised $1300. "Around 45 people attended, paid a $10 entry fee and were very generous on the day."
The people of Syria are in great need and I hope this money will bring some peace to their lives," she said.
Isha contacted the organisation and was invited to become an ambassador in her local community: "The role involves mainly spreading awareness of UNICEF and promoting what they do."
Trying to get as many people on board to make monthly donations is also vital because their ongoing support and holding multiple fundraisers make a big difference" she said.
Isha thanked Assumption for the role it played in her fundraising effort: "If it hadn't been for some of the fundamental leadership skills Assumption College has given me throughout the last three years, I would never have dreamed of raising this amount of money on my own at 14."
Principal Kate Fogarty congratulated Isha for her efforts: "That is fantastic! Well done for all your hard work; I'm really proud of you."