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Newsletter for 31 May 2016 RAR Bellingen and Nambucca Districts

Purchase your tickets for the Simon Tedeschi Recital  Sunday 12th June at 2.30 pm
Don’t forget to purchase your tickets soon for the Simon Tedeschi recital. Tickets are on sale at Helloworld Travel on Bowra Street in Nambucca Heads and at the Alternatives Bookshop at the top of High Street in Bellingen. If you can’t get to one of these outlets and you want to reserve tickets, then please phone Mike on 6569 5419. To avoid disappointment, don’t leave it until the last minute!
Please consider bringing something to share for refreshments at the end of the recital. If you are able to contribute something – biscuits, cakes, nibbles etc, then please email Susan at:
We hope to raise $1,000 each for ChilOut and the Refugee  Advice and Casework Service, and maybe have something left over to offer direct assistance to refugees in Australia.
Thanks to the generosity of one of our supporters, we have  a valuable, beautifully framed, limited edition print by Mark Barnes, which will be raffled at the recital, but we are still looking for items to put in a hamper. Please let Mike know by emailing him at if you can contribute something.

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Valla Beach Market : Saturday 4th June 2016
Our next market is on Saturday 4th June at Valla Beach. As usual, we are looking for supporters to join us for an hour or two between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm. If you can help out for a while, we would be delighted to see you. Just send Mike an email at to let us know when you plan to arrive. The markets are always great events. We meet lots of interesting people and we help spread the message that there are better, more humane ways to look after OUR asylum seekers who are currently suffering terribly in detention centres both in Australia and offshore. If you are not able to help, but you are around, do call at our stall for a chat and to sign the petition.

Pop up Protest planned for Belllingen on Thursday 9 June 2016 3.00 to 4,30pm 

Calendar for Pop-Up Protests
Thursday 9th June         Bellingen     Maam Gaduying Meeting Place, in front of the library in Bellingen.
Thursday 23rd June       Coffs Harbour            Pacific Highway south Opposite the entrance to the Base Hospital.
All times are between 3 and 4:30 pm.
Please would people let me know if they can come at or 0490 314 166
If anyone else has a proposed venue, date and time, let me know and I will add it to the calendar.
I will confirm each event once there are 6 supporters.
I thank everyone who has supported these events to da
Robin Hesketh

United Nations High Commission for Refugees: Fundraising Brunch, 20th June 2016

Monday 20th June is World Refugee Day.  One of our supporters, Rosemary Laurens, is organising a fundraising brunch at the Old Butter Factory Cafe in Bellingen, starting at 11.00 am.  The brunch will cost $40, which includes a $15 tax-deductable contribution to UNHCR to help fund its vital work in assisting refugees across the world. There are lots of menu options, including vegetarian and vegan and there will be a performance of songs by Akabella. Tickets are available at the Old Butter Factory and at the Alternatives Bookshop, both in Bellingen. If you can’t get to either of these ticket outlets, then please text Rosemary on 0432 181 474.

National RAR Conference: Bendigo  3rd and 4th September
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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. You will see from the attached draft program that 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 : 

Report on Pop up Protest in Dorrigo 26 May 2016 (from Facebook)

Five intrepid and determined souls braved the Dorrigo plateau winds to bring RAR's message to the people of Dorrigo and surrounds. Great response from the majority of motorists as our Pop Up Protest flanked both sides of the Armidale road near the local High School. Hopefully tonight some of the local school children will be asking their parents about Manus and Nauru Islands and some debates may be taking place at the pub and coffee shops around town in the next few days. In two weeks we will be in Bellingen for another protest...stay tuned to Facebook or our regular newsletter for times and location.
Rural Australians for Refugees Bellingen and Nambucca Districts's photo.Rural Australians for Refugees Bellingen and Nambucca Districts's photo.

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