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Newsletter for 16 February 2016 - Rural Australians for Refugees Bellingen and Nambucca Districts

Meeting for all supporters to discuss future of Rural Australians for Refugees Bellingen and Nambucca Districts - THIS SUNDAY 21 February 2016

Please don't forget that our meeting and lunch for all our supporters is this Sunday 21 February. The meeting will start at 12.00 pm, followed by lunch at about 1.30 pm.  The meeting offers the opportunity for us to reflect on what we have achieved to date and to discuss what actions we would like to plan for the future in addition to current activities.  It will be a great chance for you to have your say and to help us to shape our future as a group. We do hope that many of you will want to come along to contribute to the discussion - so please make an effort to come if you can..
The lunch which follows should provide an excellent opportunity for us to relax, get to know one another better and to enjoy a (hopefully sunny) get-together on the back deck. You may want to bring a plate to share, but please don’t feel obliged to do so. Drinks will be provided.
The event will take place at 39, Rogers Drive, Valla Beach. If you are able to come along, then please let Mike know by emailing him at: The more people that attend, the better we will be able to plan our campaigns for the future.

Directions: Turn  off the Pacific Highway at Valla Beach. Follow Valla Beach Road for about 400 metres, then, just before the water tower, turn left  into Kuta Avenue. Follow this road for about 300 metres. Rogers Drive is the third turning.

This newsletter is stored here for archive purposes. To read the newsletter click below

Attached is the leaflet given out at the markets which explains the position of our group which we need to discuss 

Second Anniversary of murder of Reza Barati on 17 February 

bring witness to Australia - no trial yet, even though Reza Barati was murdered two years ago

Fund raising for Rural Australians for Refugees Bellingen and Nambucca Districts

Target $500

We raised $558 for at our #LetThemStay Rally in Coffs Harbour on Sunday the 7th of Feb. All that money plus donations from recent stalls totalled $610 which we have transferred to ChilOut’s account. A great effort by everyone. We now have a fundraising target for our group of $500 which will go towards a new Marquee for our stall and ongoing purchases of T-shirts etc which are sold to raise funds for ChilOut as well. We are not registered as a charitable organisation so unfortunately donations are not tax deductible. Over the last two years two of us have been wearing the cost of keeping the group running so hope some of you can chip in $10 each. If you want to help out then please make a direct deposit to our BCU account for Rural Australians for Refugees Bellingen and Nambucca Districts BSB 704 328 Account Number 238205. Once we reach our target we will put a note out via email and on our Facebook page. Any money in excess of $500 will be transferred to ChilOut. Please put “Target 500” in the reference field. 

Many Thanks John Pollock

Thanks from Chilout

Hi John,

Thank you so much for donation and continual support! This generous donation will go along way to allowing us to continue our work this year. Thanks for sharing those media links, it is fantastic to see the amazing work that you are all doing. It is always so encouraging to see what different groups around Australia are doing, especially during this difficult time. We agree, #LetThemStay.

Best Regards,

Zoe Grant
Community Engagement Officer
Children Out of Immigration Detention
m: 0487 577 034

Costs of keeping asylum seekers on Nauru

$29 million paid to Nauru by Australian Government for visas for asylum seekers held on Nauru.

see article on blog

Let them Stay action from Amnesty

Amnesty International

Stop Turnbull from sending the 267 people seeking asylum back to Nauru

Last night Australia witnessed an outpouring of compassion... we need you to join us!
Tens of thousands of people came together to urge Prime Minister Turnbull to keep kids and their families safe, instead of forcibly deporting them to Nauru.  Offshore detention is causing already vulnerable people serious physical and emotional trauma. Our community has had enough.  The groundswell of community support continues to grow with State Premiers across the nation showing their leadership and saying to the Prime Minister loud and clear – #LetThemStay.  It’s now your turn to take action. Some of the 267 people at risk of deportation are suffering from cancer and other terminal illnesses. Paediatricians have said that these kids facing detention are “among the most traumatised” they had ever seen.  Unless we stand alongside them, our government could start deporting these kids and families within days.  Join the tens of thousands of compassionate people across the country and urge our Prime Minister to keep these vulnerable men, women and children safe.  #LetThemStay. 

PS. Last September we witnessed people power at work when we successfully called on our government to open their arms to 12,000 Syrian people running for their lives. We can urge them to do the right thing again. Please take action to #LetThemStay.


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