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After watching endless reels of heartbreaking footage emerging from inside Syria and hearing that at least 100,000 men, women and children have now died since unrest began in the country two years ago, I am certain I am not the only person to have felt useless in this time of crisis.

The question of "how can I help?" has run through many people's minds, and this weekend I had the honour of seeing a collection of young people who are answering that question with action.

One million children have been forced to flee Syria and a further two million are displaced within the country, losing - among many things - their most basic right to education, free from fear, as well as simple pleasures such as dancing in the street or singing their favourite songs from the radio.

In the modest hall of Nower Hill High School in Harrow, London, I watched 14 young acts take to the stage on Saturday night to dance, sing and rap to fundraise for their peers and everyone who needs the vital support of the Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal.

At the same time as much of the nation was tuning in to watch the X Factor, these students - ranging in age from five to their early twenties - were putting their talents to use for those who are short of food, shelter and medical care, let alone free to dance, since and play without fear.

The Red Cross refuses to ignore people in crisis and has so far given £8million to assist the vulnerable people affected by the Syria conflict.

This fundraising night was organised by a local not-for-profit organisation named Inspire4Justice, which aims to promote social justice and human rights.

For the third year running, Inspire4Justice - made up of a group of eight young people aged 18 - 24 with a passion to make a difference - have organised EPIC (Every Person Is Capable), a show that aims to inspire other young people to make the most of their potential and unite their community.

As a volunteer school speaker for the British Red Cross, I was at the event to give a presentation on our work and in particular the Syria Crisis Appeal which, in the coming months, is pledging an extra £600,000 in food aid towards an urgent food gap that could see 150,000 people a month go without food from October.

I watched in awe as acts such as Emiko Jane Ishii brought her fusion of Japanese, Hip-Hop and Bollywood dance to the stage and as 13-year-old singer Lamont blew the audience away with his powerful and unexpected cover of Amy Winehouse's 'Valerie'.

Then there was Garwe, a singer from Croydon, who charmed the room with his version of 'No Diggity' and informed us that although his name means crocodile in Zimbabwe, he doesn't bite.

There were beat-boxers, urban poets, a capella singers, a two-boy band named Project Jayzo who performed their own impressive song, and dance troupe Kidology, who could soon be giving Diversity a run for their money.

It was an entertaining and - as Inspire4Justice had hoped - an inspirational night and was just one example of an answer to the question "how can I help?" when it comes to the crisis in Syria.

For more ideas of how you can help fundraise for the British Red Cross and the Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal or to donate now, please click here on our website.

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