High tea for refugees

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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