High tea for refugees
Let the Children Live is a New Zealand-wide campaign aimed at addressing the pressing issues of child poverty and abuse, youth suicide and refugee reunification.
Since 2012, the campaign has been part of the Methodist Church of New Zealand’s 10-year vision to mark its centennial
A high tea to raise awareness and funds for Let the Children Live is being held in St Peter’s Church Hall this Saturday afternoon. Sponsored by Soroptimist International with the Manawatu Refugee Reunification Trust, the high tea from 4pm – 6.30pm features cultural entertainment by performers from Palmerston North’s Bhutanese community.
Guest speaker is Sonja de Lange, Humanitarian Services manager with Red Cross.
Coordinator Audrey Jarvis says the focus will be on the family reunification scheme, which permits a further 300 refugees into the country over and above the 750 currently allowed in each year. New Zealand’s annual refugee quota hasn’t changed since 1987. Family reunification is seen as most important issue for former refugees trying to settle successfully in a new country and the Trust maintains the forced separation of family members can have serious individual and social consequences, especially where this separation involves children.
$20 tickets for Saturday afternoon’s high tea are available from Audrey on 357 3089, and from Barbara Purchas at 357 2753.