Help children living through the Syrian crisis


#CookForSyria is back in 2019 and everyone is invited to the table! 

We’re encouraging everyone in Australia to open their hearts and put on their aprons to cook and raise money for UNICEF’s Syria Crisis Appeal. Everyone from home chefs to restaurateurs are invited to prepare delicious Syrian-inspired meals that will help those suffering through the largest humanitarian crisis in history.

How to get involved with #CookForSyria


Syrian-Inspired Feast at NOMAD, Surry Hills

You are invited to our Syrian-inspired feast at Nomad Restaurant in Surry Hills, Sydney on Monday 12th August from 6.30pm. UNICEF Australia Nutrition Ambassador Adam Liaw will be hosting the evening and Sophie McNeill, Four Corners journalist and former ABC Middle East Correspondent, is the guest speaker.

NOMAD’s head chef Jacqui Challinor will collaborate with the country’s top talent and create a four-course menu, incorporating a Syrian stamp on their signature dishes. The line up includes Julie Niland (Saint Peter, NSW), Claire Van Vuuren (Bloodwood, NSW), Emma McCaskill (Sparkke at The Whitmore, SA), Thi Li (Anchovy, VIC), Shannon Martinez (Smith & Daughters, VIC), Sharon and Carol Salloum (Almond Bar, NSW), Jaci Koludrovic (Icebergs Group, NSW), Isabelle Caulfield (Poly, NSW), Federica Andrisani (Fico Dining, TAS), Imogen Czulowski (Africola, SA), Palisa Anderson (Boon Luck Farm, NSW) and Sarah Knights (Automata, NSW). Sommeliers for the evening will be Bridget Raffal (Sixpenny, NSW) and Samantha Payne. Running the floor will be Kylie Javier Ashton (Momofuku, NSW) and Nikki Friedl (Africola, SA).
The dinner will kick off at 6.30pm. Standard tickets are $295 each, including a four-course menu with matching wines. Special bar seating with a view of the kitchen is available for $350 for a select number of tickets and includes a #CookForSyria recipe book signed by chefs participating in the dinner.

All food and wine has been generously donated so that all proceeds raised directly support UNICEF Australia’s Syria Crisis Appeal. 

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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.


Hold a #BakeForSyria sale

Organise a #BakeForSyria charity bake at school, your workplace or community gathering for a sweet take on fundraising. Team up with friends, family or colleagues to create sweet treats and donate the proceeds via our JustGiving page or you can make your donation via the donation form below.  


Participate in your restaurant or cafe

During August and September, restaurants, cafes and eateries across Australia are invited to participate in #CookForSyria by putting a ‘Syrian-inspired twist’ on one of their dishes (or by creating a new dish) and donating $5 from each sale, donating $1 per guest or sweetening their service counter with simple Syrian desserts or baked goods and donating the proceeds from each sale.  

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

Make a one-off donation

More than eight 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.


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