BEA-UTE-IFUL PLAN FOR REFUGEES
CROWD-FUNDING PROJECT HELPS NEEDY
FOUR asylum seeker advocates and church workers from Western Sydney hope to crowd-fund $18,500 to buy a ute to transport secondhand furniture to people in need.
“When asylum seekers are released into the community they have needs (like) mattresses, washing machines, kitchen appliances,” Auburn community pastor Goodson Muleya said.
Mr Muleya, who moved his family from Zambia to Sydney in 2009, has been storing donated goods in his family garage.
“We had a simple ute that became unfit for use a couple of years ago,” he said.
“Since then I have been paying to hire utes but this has become too expensive.
“Transport has become a very big hindrance.”
With support from Jo-Ann Elvery, David Baker and Amelia Savage, The Refugee Ute Project is aiming to solve this transport problem.
Mr Baker, an asylum seeker advocate, said the ute
The crowd-funding project is running until midnight on August 5. A week in, it had raised more than $4000, with more than half the donations above $100.
The Project’s Facebook page had been shared over 450 times.
“The people we are helping are often highly qualified but are forced into a situation where they can’t help themselves,” Mr Baker said.
“At the heart of the project is a useful and practical response to a problem.
“Where is my money going? To a ute. A ute that will transport much-needed furniture. It’s smart, tangible and simple.”
Organisers have promised “perks” to donors to thank them for their support.
For $50, donors receive resources to help people better engage with asylum seekers.
A $1000 donation qualifies for a cooking lesson with Persian refugees.
“It’s a win-win situation,” Mr Baker said.
“The perks are designed to benefit both the donor and refugees in the community.”