Australia for UNHCR
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Why do we exist ?
Australia for UNHCR was established by UNHCR in 2000 and raises funds to support the humanitarian programs of the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR. Programs include emergency relief – for example we raised funds for tsunami and Pakistan earthquake survivors – and long term assistance such as providing homes for Afghans returning home after the fall of the Taliban.
What do we do ?
We undertake educational and public awareness activities to promote greater understanding about the situation of refugees worldwide.
Australia for UNHCR is a registered charity and has tax-deductible gift status.
Our Patron is former Deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer and our Special Representatives are former Test cricket captain Ian Chappell and actor/comedian Jane Turner.
Since 2000, Australia for UNHCR has involved thousands of Australians in special events and emergency appeals.
We have run high profile public awareness campaigns on refugee issues, and developed a wide range of educational and media resources.
What opportunities do we have for young people ?
We have internship and volunteering opportunities. We also hold seminars with UNHCR workers where people can come and hear about our programs. Young people can also make a donation or get involved through holding fundraising events in their communities.
Through Australia for UNHCR Australians are able to contribute to the UN Refugee Agency’s extensive humanitarian work.