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Ads-Up: Aussie Diaspora Steps Up

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Raised by 194 people in 11 months
Created May 18, 2018
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About us

Hundreds of refugees from Manus Island and Nauru are now being resettled across the United States.

'Ads-Up' is a group of Aussies in the USA who know what it's like to be a stranger in a strange land, and we want to help them find their feet. 

What we do

We recruit Australians across the United States and match them with refugees in their city, from New York to Arizona, Texas to Michigan.

They'll be a buddy/friend who can provide advice, a welcoming smile, and connect them with their new community.

We also provide urgently needed assistance to refugees who need help feeding their families, keeping a roof over their head, or are struggling to access medical and dental care.

As well as donating, please join our network  to learn more about opportunities to get involved. Whether you're in Australia, America, or anywhere in the world – we'd love to have you on board!


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A refugee family in San Antonio Texas were able to buy basic clothing and supplies shortly after arriving thanks to a $300 voucher from Ads-Up.

There are over 100,000 Australians living in the United States, so we know we can make a real difference, but we need your help:

  –   $5 buys Facebook advertising to recruit an expat in a target US city
  –   $30 buys a pair of quality shoes for a new arrival
  –   $70 buys a mattress so they aren't sleeping on the floor
  –   $200 buys a superstore voucher for a struggling family

Please visit our website to learn more and please consider making an urgently needed donation through GoFundMe.

Who are we?

Ads-Up is a recognised not-for-profit charity under the umbrella of the Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs network. We can provide tax receipts* for donations over $100. 

The group is co-founded by Fleur Wood and Ben Winsor, both expats based in New York. 

Fleur Wood is a former Australian fashion designer and author. She was a founding advocate for Human Rights Watch Australia and worked as a volunteer in India for the Tibetan exile government.

Ben Winsor is a former SBS journalist who has previously worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the International Criminal Court in The Hague. 

You can play a part as well, sign up to our mailing list to get involved.

More about us via ABC News 24



*Due to privacy laws, GoFundMe does not provide us with contact information for our donors. Email us at contact(at)ads-up.org to request a US tax receipt for your donation over $100.
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In just the past week our volunteers have:

– Spoken to dozens of newly arrived refugees to assess their needs and provide resettlement advice
– Supplied medication to two refugees who were unable to afford expensive, urgently needed treatment
– Provided rental assistance to a female refugee in LA in danger of eviction after major dental bills
– Sourced two pro-bono dentists for refugees in Texas and California
– Supported several newly arrived families with educational toys and school supplies

Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed so far. To keep track of our work, please sign up to our mailing list here: www.ads-up.org/contact

*Due to privacy laws, GoFundMe does not provide us with contact information for our donors. Use the link above to sign up to our mailing list, and email us at contact(at)ads-up.org to request a US tax receipt for your donation.
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We just wanted to share this 7 News story with our supporters – an awesome story of Mateship down in Philly.
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Just a quick update, in the last week we've contacted over 100 former Manus and Nauru detainees in the USA and recruited more than 80 volunteers in priority cities. In the coming weeks, we'll be continuing our recruitment and putting together matches with refugees who would like to meet an Aussie near them – almost every refugee we've spoken to said they would find it helpful.
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