Ads-Up: Aussie Diaspora Steps Up

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!

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) to request a US tax receipt for your donation over $100.

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