|Help a Syrian Family in Need
Jasmine, Essam and Anna live in a war ravaged area of Aleppo Syria with their mom Abeer and dad Ahmed, my uncle. (names have been changed to protect their identity)
We raised $2,500 in the first 36 hours of our campaign and then were shut down
Our fundraising campaign began with a donation page on Indiegogo, the dot-com company made famous for being the platform used to raise funds for a bullied bus monitor in New York. Initially, our efforts exceeded our wildest expectations, and we raised over $2500 within 36 hours of launching the campaign. It seemed very likely we would reach our target of $10,000.
Everything we had learned about online fundraising indicated that the first two days are the most crucial to achieve the momentum required to create a buzz. We received numerous emails from generous people. They reposted our request through Facebook, Twitter, Email and newsletters. We had the buzz, and donations were pouring in. Then our campaign webpage disappeared.
Indiegogo emailed to say because our campaign mentioned Syria, it had been flagged and would be shut down indefinitely while they investigated to ensure we were in compliance with US sanctions against Syria. They have since confirmed that our campaign is in compliance with US sanctions but it is still frozen pending approval from their bank. The campaign has been frozen for over 2 weeks but they've assured me that the contributed money will eventually be released to help our Syrian family or it will be returned to the generous donors.
This campaign has shown me just how much people care and I'm humbled and grateful for the incredible display of generosity. I also want to thank you for the huge outpouring of support for this blip in our fundraising efforts. Our story has been covered by CBC's As it Happens, the National Post, Sun Media and the Huffinton Post. If we were raising funds for my German family or Colin's relatives in Scotland, there would be no problem. This issue only exists because my family is Syrian.
Since this story has come out, the founder of the Canadian crowdsourcing site FundRazr has contacted us and set up a new campaign for us. Thanks to Daryl Hatton we've just relauched our crowdsourcing campaign with FundRazr. Contributions can also be made by cheque or direct deposit.
Thank you, Julie
You can contribute by sending a cheque, making a deposit at any Scotiabank or online by credit card or paypal.
Paypal or credit card:
P.O. Box 1644
A bank account has been set up with Scotiabank to collect contributions. It is set up in my name and a deposit can be made at any Scotiabank as long as you provide them with the account name and number.
Account name: Julie Angus
Account number 108500289728