As the nation welcomes a new Australian of the Year, we thought we would also celebrate our own Australian heroes of 2018.

Thank you to all our wonderful, committed fundraisers across the country who stood with refugees last year and helped raise funds to support UNHCR’s work.

Here are just a few of our fundraising heroes, thank you to all of them.

Bernie Shipp

2019 will mark Bernie Shipp's 10th year fundraising and running for Team UNHCR in Sydney's iconic City2Surf.

Bernie has shown his commitment and passion for supporting the world's most vulnerable throughout the past nine years, raising over $38,000.

Join Bernie and be a part of Team UNHCR at Sydney’s iconic City2Surf in 2019 and register here.

Bernie Shipp, City 2 Surf runner fundraising for Australia for UNHCR

Bernie Shipp

Caleb Lee

Caleb learned about refugees after volunteering at an asylum seeker food drive organised by his Kindergarten in 2017. He decided to raise money for Australia for UNHCR instead of receiving gifts for his fifth birthday because "they need toys, schools and a house more than I do".

In 2018, Caleb again asked for donations instead of gifts and has now raised $1700. He is one of our youngest fundraisers ever.

Be like Caleb for your next celebration and start your own fundraiser.

Caleb Lee, a 2018 Fundraising Hero

Caleb Lee

Vietnamese Community in Australia - Victoria Chapter

In 2018 the Vietnamese Community in Australia - Victoria Chapter held a fundraising dinner, concert and  a walk-a-thon in support of Rohingya refugees.

Following the 40th anniversary of Vietnamese refugees arriving in Australia, they brought their community together to give back to UNHCR. At the walk-a-thon, they engaged with six other migrant communities in Melbourne to showcase their culture and united supported for Rohingya refugees.

These events raised an incredible $100,000. 

Get your community group involved with us. For more information contact our team.

The Vietnamese Community in Australia - Victoria Chapter

Coral Botka and Chitra Rangarajan 

Coral and Chitra decided to 'Hike for Humanity' by trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal for three weeks in support of refugees around the world.

They shared their adventures on social media and raised over $10,000.

Challenge yourself and support the world's refugees. Check out our 2019 international adventures here.

Coral Botka & Chitra Rangarajan, Hike for Humanity 2018

Coral Botka and Chitra Rangarajan, Hike for Humanity around Nepal

Bike for Refugees

Michael Brisco leads a volunteer community project which refurbishes bikes and lends them to refugees and asylum seekers who have recently arrived in South Australia. Their aim is to give recently settled refugees independence and dignity in their new home.

The project received donations for this initiative, which were donated to Australia for UNHCR.

Be inspired by businesses supporting our work. Could you be our next partner?

Michael (second from right) and some long-serving volunteers at Bike for Refugees © Sean Lee

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