The Canadian government has pledged to match every dollar donated by individuals to registered Canadian charities in response to the Syrian refugee crisis - up to $100 million and until the end of the year.
I'm proud to see our government take action toward assisting Syrian refugees and want to do all I can to encourage others to respond in turn; just as the Government alone can't solve this problem, neither can I or you - it is only by working TOGETHER, combining our efforts and leveraging our commitments that we can make an appreciable difference in responding to this crisis.
On that note and in that spirit, my wife and I are committing to MATCH dontations pledged through this GoFundMe campaign up to $1000. This means that for every $1 you give to this cause, we will double it and then the Canadian government will MATCH that - doubling your donation AGAIN. As a result, if we can raise $1000 dollars between now and December 31, 2015, it will equal $4000 in actual on-the-ground aid toward the settlement of Syrian refugees!
I am Nick Leeson, a lawyer who has worked with Legal Aid in both Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. Prior to that experiece, I worked as an international legal intern with human rights advocacy clinics in West Africa. There I spent a portion of my time advocating for those at the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana. I've witnessed the hardships faced by people displaced due to conflicts over religion, ethnicity or politics. No matter the cause, the results are the same: a refugee camp is no place to call home, it's no place to raise a family, no place to live; being displaced provides few opportunities to contribute, develop and grow. If we can help to end such suffering, we must.
All monies raised will be pledged to Oxfam Canada, a registered Canadian charity that is receiving donations in response to the Syria crisis, and earmarked specifically for response to the Syria Relief Fund and contributed before December 31, 2015.
Please donate, please share this campaign with your friends and family. Let's work together to make a far bigger difference than we ever could individually and help show the people of Syria we stand with them.
Remember, for every $1 you give, $4 dollars will be going to this worthy cause, as we will match your donation and then Canada will match our combined donation, dollar to dollar. Talk about making your charitable contribution count!
*On December 31st, when I match your pledge and re-direct the monies from this GoFundMe campaign to Oxfam Canada I will also personally pay the GoFundMe fees (5%) in order to ensure that your donation is matched in full.
Since we will be closing this campaign in the next 72 hours, please note that you can also give directly on your own, here: http://www.oxfam.ca/syriacrisis