The Syrian Armenian Relief Fund’s mission is to provide immediate assistance to the Syrian-Armenians, through the generous donations of the community in Western United States, and the network of churches, political parties and charity organizations, which operate in the region.
The first installment of desperately needed funds sent by the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund (SARF) made it to the account set up specially on behalf of the united committees of the Syrian Armenians by the Holy See of Cilicia in Lebanon.
Meher Der Ohanessian, SARF Executive Committee Treasurer, remarked that, “We are very pleased that, despite delays, we were able to tackle all the regulatory hurdles to make our first transfer of $75,000 to the Syrian Armenian community. We will follow up with an additional transfer of $25,000, since more pledges and new donations were received.”
As reported in the media by the Secretariat of the Prelacy of the ArmenianApostolicChurch in Syria, the Holy See of Cilicia arranged to have a special account set up to receive donations from all the unified community committees set up all over the world to help the Syrian Armenians survive through the ongoing conflict.
The assistance will be used for food, medicine, temporary shelter, emergency medical and other critical humanitarian expenses by the united committees established by the Syrian-Armenian communities in accordance with local needs.
The transferred funds were collected through mailed checks, on-line donations, and a major fundraiser held on September 19, 2012. Groups of individuals continue to sponsor local fundraisers to continue the flow of funds to the relief fund. In Las Vegas, the St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church parishioners collected $3,130 during a breakfast fundraiser on October 7, 2012. A fundraiser sponsored by the Mediterranean Bistro in Northridge, CA, raised $7,850 on October 8, 2012. Recently, State and City employees working from the offices of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Los Angeles offices raised $670.
A benefit concert is being planned in association with Artists for Kids for November 11, 2012, to be held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
The communities in Syria are suffering. We hope to ease their pain. ZavenKhanjian, Chair of the SARF Executive Committee, appealed to extend a helping hand, provide hope, and inspire them to persevere. He asked, “Did you contribute to the Syrian-Armenians?”
Contributions can be mailed to Syrian Armenian Relief Fund, P.O. Box 1948, Glendale, CA91209-1948 or by credit card at www.SyrianArmenianReliefFund.org.
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