Posted by on July 12, 2012 in Blog

By Sara Jawhari

2012 Summer Intern

A team of Arab American youth are hosting a fundraiser this Friday, July 13, to garner support for relief efforts in Syria.

The event will begin at 7:30pm at the St. Stephen & the Incarnation Episcopal Church, located at 1525 Newton Street NW, Washington DC. Said Durrah, comedian and chair of DC’s Network of Arab American Professionals, will host the event with a lineup that includes dinner and live performances by hip-hop artist Omar Offendum and poet Yahiya Saad.

Proceeds will benefit Syria Relief and Development (SRD), a non-profit organization with the goal of purchasing and distributing humanitarian relief for citizens of Syria who have been subjected to violence, intimidation, fear, and torture in the midst of the country’s uprisings.

According to their website, SRD has developed partnerships and supply lines on the ground and are currently providing food, infant formula, supplies, medical assistance, and rehabilitation services directly to the people of Syria. Quarterly reports are published with updates on number of families that have been tended to as well as what services were provided.

“We hope to inspire the youth and DC community to do more to stop the bloodshed in Syria. Even one night in remembrance of Syria together goes a long way and in turn can provide food and shelter to hundreds of those suffering on the ground,” said Jomana Qaddour, a coordinator of the event. “Our action doesn’t stop here and we will continue to take part in awareness events as we stand for justice in Syria together.”

Tickets are being sold for $15 and can be purchased online. For details of the event and to RSVP, visit the Facebook event page.

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