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 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.

Host a #CookForSyria event 

Anyone can host their own #CookForSyria event. Whether it’s an intimate meal at home, bake sale 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.

1. Create your JustGiving page here.
2. Check out our handy tips and Syrian-inspired recipes to help get you started.
3. Cook up a feast and raise money to help keep Syrian children safe

You can 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

Restaurants, cafes and eateries are also 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.

Paticipating Restaurants:

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

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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All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. ABN 35 060 581 437. Calculate your potential tax benefit here.

If you'd prefer to make your donation over the phone, please call our Supporter Relations team on 1300 884 233.

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.


Register your interest

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