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Mayor's appeal to support the children of Gaza

Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Bilal El-Hayek is urging the community to open their hearts and throw their support behind the innocent children in Gaza.

08 Jul 2024


The Mayor’s appeal to support the children of Gaza will raise funds to assist UNICEF Australia deliver critical emergency supplies and humanitarian aid to thousands of children and families.

Mayor El-Hayek said the situation on the ground in Gaza is critical and there is no end in sight to the bloodshed and destruction.

“Over 14,000 children have been killed and thousands more maimed and injured since October last year,” Mayor El-Hayek said.

“Many of those killed managed to flee the bombs raining down on them and the unimaginable war atrocities, only to perish from a lack of food, poor sanitation and dehydration. 

“Unimaginable suffering and trauma which will be etched in the minds of these innocent children for generations to come.

“On the frontline are organisations like UNICEF Australia, and partners, providing food, bottled water, tents, blankets, hygiene kits and fuel. They also offer mental health and psychological support.

“That’s why I am calling on like-minded community members and organisations to support my Children of Palestine dinner, to raise funds for critical humanitarian aid.”

Proceeds will go directly to UNICEF Australia's Children of Gaza Crisis Appeal. 


For those who wish to donate $1,000 (or more), the Mayor will be hosting a Children for Palestine Dinner on Thursday 25 July, sponsored by Al Aseel Lebanese Restaurant, Greenacre. Tickets are limited – to RSVP your spot by Tuesday 16 July. Email: