Auction organised by Leeds jeweller to benefit refugees

Ghazal Ghahri-Saremi
Ghazal Ghahri-Saremi
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A Leeds jeweller is supporting refugee charities through an online auction.

Ghazal Ghahri-Saremi set up the fundraiser, which runs until Sunday at www.facebook.com/auctionforaid.

More than 65 makers of contemporary jewellery have donated pieces for the auction, which will raise money for Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS), a non government organisation dedicated to preventing loss of life to refugees in distress at sea, and Salam LADC – a Lebanese charity offering aid in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, which is near the Syrian border and home to more than 500,000 impoverished refugees.

Ghazal, of Soremi Jewellery, ran a smaller auction last year which raised over £10,000. 

She said: “Last year’s auction was something we put together in a few weeks and I was surprised at the overwhelmingly positive response and the audience we attracted in a short space of time.

“This year we plan to go bigger and better with our fundraising. We have all seen distressing images of the refugee crisis and the Syrian civil war and felt helpless, but we can help and I believe we have a humanitarian duty to do what we can to prevent suffering. I am so thrilled that the jewellery community has demonstrated their solidarity with by widespread participation and generous donations.”

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