Local residents Brandon Dellow and Obaid Jamshidi will host a charity event at Centenary Hall in December to raise funds for the Syrian Crisis.
The event, on Friday, December 2, will support Australia For UNHCR, a not-for-profit organisation that provides aid and assistance to children around the world. The aim of the multicultural dinner is to raise funds to have a positive impact in Syria, one of many disadvantaged areas in the Middle East.
Brandon said hosting the event in the heart of the northern suburbs, where many relocated refugees are now living, will give these families the opportunity to help and support others around the world who are in unfortunate circumstances.
“We believe it will also give them a personal sense of belonging as they will witness the community coming together to support a cause that they were once in,” he said.
“We have been greatly encouraged and supported by the City of Greater Geelong and the fOrT Youth Centre, in particular Danielle Parker, who have provided a platform for us to work within the community.”
Brandon said he and Obaid have always had a strong passion for equity, education and basic human rights. Obaid relishes in Australia’s free education system and wants to be a voice for refugees and to be a refugee ambassador for the Geelong community. Brandon provides education support for EAL students at Northern Bay College, and believes education should not be undervalued.
The event will include traditional performances from numerous cultures, as well as a dinner provided from a variety of cultures including Afghan, African, Karen and Turkish. Tickets can be purchased from Brandon Dellow (firstname.lastname@example.org), Obaid Jamshidi (email@example.com), and from the fOrT Youth Centre, phone 5274-9078 for $25 cash.
To donate online the fundraiser, go to https://www.teamunhcr.org.au/fundraisers/brandon-dellow/syria-crisis-hope-for-humanity-dinner/