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This beautiful event is a collaboration between the Syrian Community in Ottawa and the Somali Centre for Family Services (with World-Changing Kids helping out with marketing and social media).

The primary goal of the event is as a fundraiser for the city of Ghouta (a suburb of Damascus, Syria). But the other results it hopes to achieve include bringing a diverse group of community members together to learn from and support our Syrian neighbours in Ottawa.

Innocent families living in Ghouta are experiencing shortages of food, water and medical supplies. Through this fundraiser, we will help our Syrian neighbours in Ottawa support their families back home.

The event will be held on Friday, April 6, from 5:00 to 8:00, at the Jim Durrell Centre at 1265 Walkley Road.

The event will include:
* A dinner of traditional Syrian food – including a main course, sweets and some refreshments
* A screening of a short film showing the current realities of life in Syria
* Guest Speakers: Honorable MPP John Fraser, Maher Al Halak: Message from a Syrian Child, John Cockell: Head of COMMs of UNHCR, Lindsey Barr: Founder of World Changing Kids, Dr. Jamal Al Sharif: Head of Humans for Peace Organization, Nour Sakahniya, Message from a Syrian youth

Click here for the full agenda.

The fundraising is being coordinated through the UNHCR Canada. Tickets are $20 with all proceeds going to the UNHCR. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance through the Somali Centre for Family Services – email Samer at s.al-jbawi@scfsottawa.org You can also purchase your tickets through World-Changing Kids – email Lindsey at worldchangingkids@gmail.com

In addition, donations can be made online at: https://fundraise.unhcr.ca/fundraiser/1339363. Tax receipts are available.

For more information on why I am so honoured to be helping out with this amazing event check out the short video I made: https://youtu.be/b4_alH_jeQU

Please Note: This event is not intended for young children. From a World-Changing Kids perspective, it is an event for adults to learn more about the current situation in Syria, the Syrian community in Ottawa and how to go home and speak to the children in their lives about the issues and what we can all do to help make it better.