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Valla Beach Market 2 April 2016

Valla Beach Market report
We had a beautiful sunny day for our market stall at Valla Beach on Saturday. As usual, a great turnout of volunteers, which made for an enjoyable and productive morning. We had lots of signatures for our petition to Minister Dutton and sold a number of T shirts, tea towels and bags. As you will know, all the profits from these sales go to the Australian charity ChilOut, which runs educational programs about children in detention and campaigns for their release. We have donated well over $1,000 to ChilOut in the past two years through sales and donations.
Our next market will be the Harbourside market in Coffs Harbour on   the morning of Sunday 24th April.
Our petition
Many of you will have signed the petition to  Minister Dutton, which calls on the government to release all genuine asylum seekers from detention and arrange for their resettlement in Australia. We now have more than 900 signatures on the petition, which has been signed by people at our local markets and by people around the nation, thanks to the help of other local RAR groups from Byron Bay to Bendigo, from Hamilton to Armidale, and many places in between. We are hoping to send the petitions to Canberra in the next few days. For the future, we are hoping to work with RAR groups across the country to develop a single, shared petition, rather than the patchwork approach that we have at present. Watch this space!

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