Refugee group wraps up 2016
RURAL Australians for Refugees-Euroa wrapped up 2016 with a lively, well-attended Wine & Cheese evening on Dec 5, at the Euroa 3rd Age Club. The group formed exactly 12 months ago and, in that time, have set a cracking pace for their advocacy work for refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia.
RAR- Euroa recognizes the huge impact that a simple act of welcome can have for anyone struggling to reestablish life in a new locale. Thus, the group aims to present a welcoming face in the Strathbogie Shire to people seeking refuge from conflict and discrimination, who have already faced enormous challenges to their physical and mental health and survival. To this end, strong networks have been established with a range of local and Mel- bourne-based advocacy groups, such as Primary Care Connect and Kildonnan in Shepparton and Foundation House and the Brigidine Sisters in Melbourne.
There were many memorable and inspiring gatherings in 2016 and the Euroa community responded to RAR initiatives with enthusiasm. The highlight of the year was the Welcome Picnic, which welcomed a large group of refugees and people seeking asylum to the Euroa Arboretum in October. RAR- Euroa wants to thank the Euroa and wider Strathbogie Shire community for its support, and to share some of the images that, in 2017, will serve to maintain the considerable energy generated during the group’s first year.
Thanks, and a safe and happy festive season to all.
AGAINST LAW TO BAN: Protesting the proposed Life Ban Legislation are David Arnold (back, left), Mary Bourke, Shirley Saywell, Dr Mal Altson, Bernadine Kelly; (front, left) Dianne Mackrell and Jill Altson.
INSPIRED: Jess Hackett, Archie Kilby and Jenna Carroll discussing Archie’s book, Refugees – Protect or Punish; it’s your choice, inspired by Jess’ walk from Melbourne to the Federal Parliament in Canberra to protest the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.