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Local opportunities to support refugees and asylum seekers - Facebook 8 April 2016

During April and May there will be several opportunities for our community to help refugees and asylum seekers.
Everyone is invited to support the efforts of the Mid North Coast Refugee Support Group at a fundraising event on Saturday April 16.
There will be a quirky, second-hand market at Wauchope Arts Hall from 3-5pm, featuring preloved items, afternoon tea, a short film about refugees and live music. Anyone can donate items in good condition, or come along to support the fundraiser.
Afterwards a shared meal will take place in the hall from 6pm, with guest speaker Yai Atem.
A Sudanese refugee, author, and former child soldier, Yai’s passion is raising money for development work in South Sudan.
An evening screening of the film HOME- a eulogy for those whose bones only made it as far as the arms of mother ocean, directed by Charles Williams. And Stormy Waters -the history of migration to Australia and the treatment of asylum seekers today.
“We aresupporting a Syrian refugee resettlement program in Newcastle by once again asking our community to provide some more fabulous knitting for the young children due to arrive shortly,” said spokesperson, Krissa Wilkinson.
“We’re also asking local women to raid their wardrobes and donate warm shawls or scarves as a means of helping refugee women stay warm.”
In May the group will host a forum with Father Frank Brennan.
Brennan is an Australian Jesuit priest, human rights lawyer and academic, who believes that a globe of 7.3 billion people faces huge challenges and moral dilemmas, when almost 60 million people are displaced, inequality is increasing, and climate change is accelerating.
The forum will be held at Port Macquarie High School at 6.30pm on Thursday May 19, with refreshments and a Q&A session to follow Frank’s address.
Tickets for the forum will be available at the door from 6pm; $20 or $10 student/concession.

Information about the Mid North Coast Refugee Support Group (MNCRSG) in Port Macquarie, NSW and our activities.

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