Help children living through the Syrian crisis

Following the success of #CookForSyria in 2017, we are pleased to announce we will be bringing the nationwide fundraising initiative back in 2018. We’re encouraging everyone in Australia - from top chefs to people at home - to open their hearts and put on their aprons to cook and raise money for UNICEF’s Syria Crisis Appeal. 

Adam Liaw - chef, writer and television presenter and UNICEF Australia Nutrition Ambassador has announced his involvement in this year's #CookForSyria. 

How to get involved with #CookForSyria

Bake Sale

Organise a #CookForSyria charity bake. Get creative and team up with your friends, family and colleagues to bake some delicious cakes and donate the proceeds via our JustGiving Page or you can make your donation via the donation form below.  


Host a #CookForSyria event 

Anyone can host their own #CookForSyria event. Whether it’s an intimate meal at home or a dinner party with friends and family, your contribution will raise vital funds to provide life-saving supplies for Syrian children and their families. Here are some handy tips to help you start planning your #CookforSyria event. You can also access some delicious Syrian-inspired recipes by clicking here

You can collect donations by setting up your own JustGiving page, which allows you to keep a running tally of all the donations made to your page. You can also promote your JustGiving page by sharing it on Facebook, Twitter or email to encourage family and friends to support your  #CookForSyria event. Alternatively  you can make your donation via the donation form below.


Participate in your restaurant or cafe

Throughout June, we are inviting restaurateurs, chefs, bakers and café owners from around Australia to take part in #CookForSyria by putting a ‘Syrian inspired twist’ on one of their favourite signature dishes (or by creating a new dish) and donating at least $5 from each sale of that dish. To sign up to be a participating restaurant/cafe please email teamunicef@unicef.org.au.   

During June the following restaurants are participating: 

Firedoor                                          Three Blue Ducks                                                             Almond Bar
Moore and Moore Cafe                  The Dolphin                                                                      Cruise Bar
The European                                Bar Lourinha                                                                     Nomad
Marion Wine Bar                            400Gradi (Brunswick, Crown, Eastland, Essendon)      Commonfolk Coffee Company
John Montagu                                Catalina                                                                             Palermo
Espressohead Cafe                       Harvest Newrybar                                                             Fancy Hanks
Rumi Restaurant                            Folonomo                                                                          Salon De Co
Tipo 00                                           Osteria Ilaria                                                                      Nour 
Lotus Galeries                                Red Feather Inn                                                                Clarendon Arms
Kazoomie                                       Borrusos

Make a one-off donation

More than seven years of conflict in Syria has caused one of the largest humanitarian crisis of our time. The conflict has left 8.4 million children needing emergency aid.  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. 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.