Syrian-American activists compete to raise funds for displaced Syrians

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SAC Activists from six U.S. states plan a second humanitarian trip to refugee camps and opposition-controlled areas

The Syrian American Council (SAC), the nation’s largest Syrian-American advocacy group, is coordinating its second organized activist trip to the refugee camps and liberated areas of Syria this spring. The activists – who come from Indiana, Illinois, Florida, California, Texas, and Connecticut, are competing between one another to see which city will raise the most funds to deliver in humanitarian aid.

Over the past week, the activists have been raising funds online which will go entirely to humanitarian aid such as food baskets, clothing, and medicine; the activists are each covering their own personal expenses. The money raised will go through the Syrian Sunrise Foundation, a nonprofit humanitarian organization, and aid will be purchased in Turkey. This FundRace4Syria campaign has raised over $40,000 as the top two teams, Florida and Indiana, compete for first place.

This is the second organized trip by SAC in which young activists go to liberated Syria on a humanitarian mission. Over the winter break, a group traveled to refugee camps and liberated villages on a humanitarian aid mission and to see how their work in the United States can be improved to better support the people on the ground.

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“A major goal of this trip is to remind the Syrian people that they are in our hearts at all times, and that demands that we do our best to provide them with aid they need to survive,” said SAC National Board Member Kenan Rahmani, who’s one of the main organizers of the trip.

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