The Fundraising Page of Robert Austin

Robert Austin

A Message From Robert Austin

"I have only just left Georgia where more than 250,000 people were displaced due to conflicts. I saw them lining up for a meager allowance. I was on the Kosovo - Albanian border in 1999. While we may not be able to impose peace in Syria for now, we can give the refugee children schooling. That is the only way we can at least hope for a better future for them and for us." -- Robert Austin is a Professor of East Central and Southeastern Europe in historic and contemporary perspective.

Pie a Prof, Educate a Child

About This Campaign

The Syrian civil war has created the largest refugee crisis since Rwanda. After three years, over 136,000 dead including 10,000 children and nine million displaced, the humanitarian crisis is getting worse. Countries in the region: Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Israel, Iraq and Egypt have received an unrelenting stream of fleeing Syrians (predominantly women and children) and have provided for them at enormous costs to themselves. Jordan, however, an already resource-poor country, is feeling greater ramifications of the refugee presence. According to the United Nations, children in Jordan suffer from widespread psychological distress, exploitation, violence and lack of education. Simply put, the situation is devastating. We believe it is our moral duty as global citizens to help in anyway we can. So we’ve decided to organize a competitive fundraiser. In order to raise funds, we will be auctioning off well-known public intellectuals at University of Toronto. Donations will made in the name of these professors. The top professor whose name raises the most money will be protected; the remaining will be pied - yes, pied! The fundraiser will run from February 14- March 11 2014 with the grand event on Tuesday, March 11, 1pm at the Great Hall, Hart House. The professors who have bravely stepped up to the challenge are Janice Stein, Clifford Orwin, Nelson Wiseman, Jeffrey Kopstein, Robert Austin and Paul Gooch. To see a personal statement from each professor and to donate please scroll down. We’ve partnered with War Child Canada to protect and educate Syrian child refugees in Jordan. All Canadian donors will receive taxable receipts (If you require a US tax receipt, please contact semra.sevi@mail.utoronto.ca before making a donation). Donations will be accepted online and in person. To make an in person donation please go to the Political Science department at Sidney Smith (3rd floor rm. 3025). It is our hope that we can raise enough funds to help educate as many Syrian refugee children in Jordan as we can. Media Contacts: Paul Kingston Director, Center for Critical Development Studies, Associate Professor, Political Science and IDS, University of Toronto Scarborough Email: kingston@chass.utoronto.ca Semra Sevi M.A. Student Department of Political Science University of Toronto Email: semra.sevi@mail.utoronto.ca Facebook event page link: https://www.facebook.com/events/220881351450527/ Note: If you are using explore, please hit enter after you enter the value of your donation.
  1. An anonymous donation of $20 has been made to support Robert Austin
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  2. An anonymous donation of $10 has been made to support Robert Austin
    Good luck Robert!
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  3. An anonymous donation of $10 has been made to support Robert Austin
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