Help children living through the Syrian crisis


Join the #CookForSyria movement

We’re encouraging everyone in Australia to open their hearts and put on their aprons to raise vital funds for UNICEF’s Syria Crisis Appeal.

More than eight years of conflict in Syria has caused one of the largest humanitarian crises of our time. The conflict has left 8.4 million children needing emergency aid - children have lost their homes, their security, and their childhoods.

Join the #CookForSyria movement today and help provide nutrition, clean water and protection to the children and families affected by the conflict and give them hope for a happy future.

Host a #CookForSyria event 

Celebrate the joy of friends by gathering for an intimate meal at home, hosting a dinner party, or bringing together your community group to support #CookForSyria.

1. Create your JustGiving page to let your friends and family know about your event and to easily donate. 
2. Have a look at our handy event tips to help get you started and our delicious recipes for inspiration. 
3.Cook up a feast and help raise vital funds to provide life saving supplies to Syrian children and their families.  

Remember to tag @unicefaustralia and #CookForSyria to share your journey with us and encourage others to join the movement.

Hold a #BakeForSyria sale

1. Team up with friends, family or colleagues to create sweet treats and organise a #BakeForSyria charity bake at your school or workplace.
2. Donate your funds via JustGiving or the donation form below.  

Participate in your restaurant or cafe

Restaurants, cafes and eateries are invited to participate in #CookForSyria by:

1.Putting a ‘Syrian-inspired twist’ on one of your signature dishes (or create a new dish) and donate $5 from each sale
2.Donating $1 per guest
3.Sweetening your service counter with simple Syrian desserts or baked goods and donate the proceeds from each sale.   

Restaurants and cafes can participate in #CookForSyria by registering here.

Paticipating restaurants 


Rumi Restaurant, Yellowtail Restaurant, Marion Wine Bar, Brisbane Street Bistro, Glass Dining & Lounge Bar, Mary's Underground, Mary's Newtown, Mary's Circular Quay, Bar Saracen, The Unicorn Hotel, The Ladsdowne Hotel, Society Salamanca, Salon De Co, Deer Duck Bistro, Blackwood Pantry, The Carlton Wine Room, Espressohead Cafe, The Hummus Club

Make a one-off donation

UNICEF is urgently appealing for funds to deliver emergency supplies, protection and support to millions of children caught in the line of fire and living on the move as refugees. Provide a much needed one-off donation today.  

Together, we can make a real difference to the lives of millions of Syrian Children.
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FAQs About CookForSyria

What is UNICEF?
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UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund. UNICEF is a charity that raises funds through donations from individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. We reach children in 190 countries with life-saving supplies and support and advocate to keep children safe.

UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, safe water and sanitation, quality basic education and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and HIV/AIDS. UNICEF also responds to humanitarian emergencies.
What is this campaign about?
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Syrian children have lost their homes, their security, their childhood. UNICEF is urgently appealing for funds to deliver emergency supplies, protection and support to millions of children caught in the line of fire and living on the move as refugees.

#CookForSyria was initially curated by influential London Instagrammer, ClerkenwellBoy in collaboration with SUITCASE Magazine and NEXTGen London -  UNICEF UK's young professional movement -  and launched in London in November 2016.

The #CookForSyria campaign aims to encourage everyone from top chefs and restaurants, to people at home, to cook and raise money in support of UNICEF's Syria Crisis Appeal.

By donating to the #CookForSyria, you’ll help children living through crisis in Syria and surrounding countries.
Will I receive a receipt?
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Yes. At the end of the financial year, we will send you a statement that details all of your transactions with UNICEF for those 12 months. We send our donor receipts annually to save on our administration costs, however you can request a receipt at any time by contacting us on 1300 134 071.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
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Yes, donations over $2 are tax deductible
How much of my donation is spent on UNICEF’s program work for children?
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Everything we do at UNICEF is done with the world’s children in mind first. For every dollar donated by the Australian public in 2016:
  • 72 cents went directly to program expenditure, including long-term development and emergency response work across both domestic and international programs and community education.
  • 21 cents per dollar from funds raised by the public went to investing in further growing fundraising in Australia to benefit more children across the world. UNICEF Australia reinvests our supporters' generous donations to grow more funds, meaning that more funds are able to be remitted to the field to support our work with children. 
  • 7 cents was spent on UNICEF Australia's accountability, administration and reserves. UNICEF Australia is in the lowest percentile of our peer organisations in terms of money spent on administrative costs.


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