Kids, no matter where, deserve protection
UNIVERSAL Children’s Day, which will be celebrated around the world on November 20, aims to promote the welfare of children worldwide.
Six years after the Australian government began sending people seeking asylum to Nauru, there are still around 900 people left on the island, including about 100 children.
There is compelling evidence that the continuing detention of these children will have far-reaching effects on their future.
Despite repeated calls by the United Nations, medical bodies, hundreds of charities and community groups, it has taken federal court action to secure the transfer of a small number of critically ill children to Australia for medical treatment.
Rural Australians for Refugees-Strathbogie Shire is putting its support behind #KidsOffNauru, an Australia-wide campaign involving all Australian refugee advocacy groups.
Supporters are gathering in Canberra on Tuesday, October 16 to appeal to the government on behalf of the children on Nauru.
There are a number of seats available on the bus leaving Benalla early Tuesday morning for the return day trip (contact RAR Benalla Tel: 5762 8088).
Also, it has been shown that writing to our politicians, of whatever stripe, is one of the best ways to have your voice heard.
Letter-writing afternoons will take place in Euroa (Meeting Room, Euroa Library, 2-4pm, Wed. Oct 17, and Violet Town (VT Library, 2-4pm, Wed. Oct 24).
Templates, addresses, paper, envelopes and stamps – and afternoon tea – will be available.