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Newsletter for 13 June 2017 Rural Australians for Refugees Bellingewn and Nambucca Districts

Next Roadside Demo - Bello Thursday June 15 2:30pm
Next Market Stall - Coffs Harbour Sunday June 25
Politician phone-in
Refugee Week fundraising lunch - Sunday 18th June
Refugee week events in Coffs
Refugee week posters

Roadside demonstration: Thursday 15th June, Bellingen: 2.30 pm to 4.00 pm

A reminder that our next roadside demonstration is this Thursday in Bellingen, in our usual spot on Waterfall Way, adjacent to the public library, weather permitting. Please come and join us if you can, and show your solidarity with all the refugees and asylum seekers both in Australia and on Nauru and Manus Island. Their situation is getting worse, not better, and we need to keep up the fight for justice and humanity. We have lots of banners and placards to share, but we very much need a few more people to join us.

Next Market Stall: Coffs Harbourside Market: Sunday 25th June: 9.00 am until 1.30 pm

Our next market stall is coming up in Coffs Harbour on Sunday 25th June. The market has been temporarily relocated to Park Beach, adjacent to the car park at the mouth of Coffs Creek.  It’s a good location and, provided that the weather is fine, there will be lots of market goers to interact with. We’ll be handing out leaflets, asking people to sign the new petition, selling our merchandise and enjoying the market atmosphere. If you can help out on the stall for a while between 9.00 am and 1.30 pm, then please let Mike know by emailing him at :

Marathon phone-in

A big thank you to those supporters who made the effort to contact politicians last week to protest about the indefinite detention of innocent people on Nauru and Manus Island.  One official in Luke Hartsuyker’s office admitted that they had received a number of calls, and acknowledged that “this has been going on for too long”.

Lunch and auction: Sunday 18th June

We have had a great response from supporters and friends for next weekend’s lunch and auction. All we need now is for the sun to shine, and we will surely meet our target of $1,000. All the proceeds of the event will be shared between the Asylum Seekers Centre in Newtown and our RAR group. We need to have some funds in the bank to support the travel costs of refugee families who we hope to welcome into our homes in the months ahead.

Refugee Week events in Coffs Harbour

Amnesty International Coffs Coast, together with Coffs Connection and Community and Coffs Harbour City Council, are putting on two important events as part of their contribution to Refugee Week. They are:
  • Constance on the Edge: free film screening, Friday 23rd June at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery in Coffs Harbour. The event commences at 6.30 pm.  The gallery is located on John Champion Way. This film gets to the heart of a contemporary untold story about the courage and resilience  that it takes to build a new life. The film also highlights the important role that communities play in encouraging a sense of welcoming, healing and belonging.
  • Freedom Feast: Friday 30th June: 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm. This event will take place in Coffs Central – Food at the Terrace (upstairs). Bring a plate of food to share and enjoy a sumptuous community feast, hear and share stories from around the world, relax and enjoy live music and dance performances from diverse local cultural communities and much besides. The event is FREE.  To book your free place, go online at:  or call Andrew on 6648 4846.
Refugee Week posters

We ordered a few posters for  Refugee Week and have three remaining . They are in colour, size A2 (600 mm x 420 mm) and are ideal for display in your window, in your garden  where they can be seen by passers-by or at your place of work. If you are able to display a poster in a prominent place and would like one, then please let Mike know as soon as possible at:

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