WhaleAid Aleppo is a Whakatane-based project to raise money for relief packages for Syrian families living under siege in Aleppo.
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As we approach the 6th year of civil war within Syria, over 11 million people are homeless and at least 250,000 people are stranded under siege. While international support provides some relief, it can only go so far. Families are desperately in need of blankets, clothing, water purification tablets, water storage containers, and solar lights...to name just a few.
WhaleAid Aleppo is a finite project to raise the funds necessary to provide at least some of these necessities for the displaced refugees. The project is based in Whakatane, New Zealand's sunshine capital, and home to Whale Island. One of the fundraising initiatives is a sponsored swim from Whale Island to Whakatane (9.36km). However, we are hoping this mammoth swim will not only help raise funds, but also inspire others...maybe even you... to get behind the fundraising effort with their own initiatives.
All money raised will go directly to families in the form of ShelterBox relief packages through Mike Seawright at ReliefAid, a New Zealand-based charitable organisation with the following purpose: "We save lives and alleviate the suffering of people affected by armed conflict and natural disasters through independent and impartial humanitarian action."
If you're interested in running a fundraiser as part of the WhaleAid Aleppo project, or would like to make a donation or other contribution to the project, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Small pieces add up to make the big difference.
ReliefAid helps families who are caught in the crossfire of war and have no one else to turn to.
We work directly on the ground where others are unable or unwilling to go in conflict-affected countries, providing life-saving aid.
Thanks DnA! Lideweij, Moana and Geerten
Thanks! Well done on your effort the following Saturday!
Thanks on behalf of Emma!