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Newsletter for 26 July 2016 Rural Australians for Refugees Bellingen and Nambucca Districts

Next market stall will be at Valla Beach 6th August.
Popup demonstration: Thursday 28 July Urunga
Letter from ChilOut
New Petition
National RAR conference
Valla Beach Market Saturday 6th August

Our next market stall will be at the Valla Beach market on Saturday 6th August. As usual, we are seeking help from our supporters between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm. If you can spare an hour or two of your time, then please come and join us. It would be helpful if you could let Mike know in advance by emailing him at:  The markets are a great opportunity to interact with the public and to let people know that  “we can do better than this” in relation to the present cruel policy of indefinite detention of asylum seekers on remote islands in faraway places.  Do come and join us if you can, or just call in for a chat and sign our new petition.
Pop-up Demo this Thursday 28th July  3.00 pm to 4.30 pm

A reminder that our next pop-up demo is this Thursday on the highway in Urunga, just North of the town, adjacent to the BP service station. There is plenty of parking next to the service station. Please come and join us for the inauguration of our new banner! We have plenty of placards, plus three banners, so there is no need to make you own, though you are of course welcome to do so. Please let Mike know if you are planning to attend by emailing him at:  So far we have seven supporters who have indicated their intention to participate. It would be great to have a few more, so why not give it a go?
Letter of appreciation from ChilOut

Last week, following our stall at Bellingen market, we sent a final donation of $100 to ChilOut, and we explained that, after two and a half years of supporting them with donations totalling $3,750, it is now time for us to support a different asylum seeker charity. Zoe from ChilOut replied:
Dear Mike, John and everyone at the Bellingen and Nambucca Districts RAR,
It is lovely to hear from you. Thank you so much for your generosity in time, effort and energy for raising funds for ChilOut! It has been greatly appreciated and we have been blown away by your support! Thank you sharing that you will be moving on, please know that you are always welcome to let us know if events come up that you would like us to advertise. We love the work your group does and are happy to support in anyway we can.
The amazing $3,750 that you raised has gone a long way and we are so grateful for all you have done for us! We wish you all the best and hope to stay in touch.
From everyone at ChilOut, thank you!!
Best regards,
Zoe Grant
New Petition

Our new petition reads:
“ We, the undersigned, call on the leaders of all political parties to work together to bring to an end the cruel, inhumane and unsustainable offshore detention arrangements for asylum seekers and refugees. We specifically ask the Parliament to:
  • process all asylum seekers currently held in offshore detention, without further delay.
  • resettle in Australia all asylum seekers currently in offshore detention centres who are found to be eligible for our protection under international law.
  • permanently close all offshore detention facilities in the months ahead.”
A copy of the petition form is attached to this newsletter. (see post below)  It would be great if you could print off a copy and collect signatures from family, friends and colleagues. You could bring completed petitions to our market stall at Valla Beach on 6th August or to Bellingen market on 17th September. Alternatively you can post them to Mike at: Mike Griffin, 39, Rogers Drive, Valla Beach NSW 2448.

National RAR Conference: Bendigo  3rd and 4th September
​  2016​
The national RAR group is planning a major conference for RAR members across Australia, and they are hoping for  representation from members of our group. The conference will be very interesting and informative, with a range of keynote speakers and discussion sessions. If you would be interested in travelling to Bendigo for the conference, please let us know by email at: Further information can be obtained from the national RAR coordinator  at:

Registrations are required by August 6 so act now to attend this important event.

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