The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have given their support to The Cambridge Appeal for Syria, a Syrian charity auction.
The couple wrote to the organisers, saying that they “hope the evening is a great success,” and they aren’t the only high profile people offering support for the event.
Stephen Hawkings has written a letter of support as well.
Lord Jeffrey Archer will act as auctioneer, and all of the money raised will go to two charities: the Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign and ShelterBox.
The Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign works with existing Cambridge organisations to welcome refugees.
Their aim, according to the official website, is to “positively influence public opinion on refugees, enabling the people of Cambridgeshire to volunteer their services and provisions to help those newly arrived in the area.”
Shelterbox provides supplies for emergency shelter around the world, and has helped out during natural disasters and humanitarian crises.
Event supervisor Tony O’Mara told Cambridge News, “We’ve seen with dismay the tragic images of the bleeding and lost little 5-year-old boy in the Syrian ambulance. Could this poor child in other circumstances have been a member of one of our own families?”
The little boy O’Mara refers to is Omran Daqneesh, who was pulled out of the rubble of his house after an air strike on 17 August, and placed in the back of an ambulance with blood streaming down his face. He survived the air strike, but his older brother succumbed to his injuries three days later.
The picture of Daqneesh sitting in the ambulance received international attention.
According to Cambridge News, items up for bid include holidays, a personal flight over Cambridge by the Aero Club, an E-type Jaguar that can be used over a weekend, and a custom pearl necklace.
The auction takes place on 26 September at St John’s College, and is organised by the Rotary Club of Cambridge.