Cornwall charity's £2m appeal to help two million Syrian refugees
CORNISH charity ShelterBox has unveiled its most ambitious appeal – to raise £2 million and help two million refugees from Syria.
ShelterBox, which is based in Helston, already works within the war-torn country.
It is gearing up to help as many refugees as possible and setting its boldest-ever appeal target.
The charity's chief operating officer, John Leach, said: "We have already helped thousands of Syrian families, but with an extra push we can help thousands more. The target of £2 million is immensely challenging, but so too is the extent of this refugee crisis."
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He said the charity had proved that its boxes of supplies was an effective way of giving aid.
He added: "Now, more than ever before, we need the compassion and generosity of ShelterBox supporters to back our work in the field. Let's show these families that the world has not abandoned them, and offer them shelter and hope."
"While the world talks of atrocities and interventions, diplomacy and warfare, the lines of families fleeing conflict are still growing."
Throughout 2012 and 2013, ShelterBox has been providing aid in Iraq, Kurdistan and Jordan. It was the first aid charity sanctioned by the Lebanese Government to distribute shelter in Lebanon. To donate, go to www.shelterbox.org/syria or phone 0300 0300500.