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Newsletter for 14 June 2016 Rural Australians for Refugees Bellingen and Nambucca

Newsletter for 14 June 2016
Celebrate World Refugee Day at Bellingen on Monday, June 20.
Next popup protest on Thursday 23rd at Coffs.
Next Market Stall Sat 26th June

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United Nations High Commission for Refugees: Bello Brunch, 20th June 2016
A reminder that on World Refugee Day, 20th June, there will be a very special brunch at the Old Butter Factory Cafe in Bellingen, starting at 11.00 am. There is a wide choice of menu, including vegetarian and vegan, and there will be a performance of songs by Akabella. In addition, two of our members will each give a five-minute presentation. John will talk about our work as a local RAR group and Mike will talk about his recent visit to Bourj al-Barajneh  Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut.
Tickets are $40, which includes a $15 tax-deductable donation to UNHCR, and they are available at the Old Butter Factory and the Alternatives Bookshop in Bellingen. If you cannot get to either of these locations, then please text Rosemary on 0432 181 474

Pop up Protest planned for Coffs Harbour on Thursday 23 June 2016 3.00 to 4,30pm 

Calendar for Pop-Up Protests
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
Robin Hesketh

Next Market Stall

Our next market stall will be at the Coffs Harbourside market  on Sunday 26th June. As usual, we will have a petition to sign, information leaflets to hand out and lots of asylum seeker merchandise to sell. The markets are a great way for getting our message out there for a more humane, compassionate and lawful asylum policy. We want to encourage the public to make it clear to our prospective parliamentarians that they do not support  the current cruel policy of detaining people indefinitely in remote parts of the world, where the government wants them to be out of sight and out of mind .
If you can offer an hour or two of your time on 26th June, then please email Mike at:
Simon Tedeschi Recital

The recital by Simon Tedeschi on Sunday was a huge success. We had a sell-out crowd at the Nambucca Community and Arts Centre for what was a an afternoon of wonderful music. We are hugely grateful to Simon for waiving his fee in order to enable us to raise funds for ChilOut and RACS (the Refugee Advice and Casework Service). As a result, we are able to donate $2,000 each to our two chosen refugee charities, and to have a surplus of $881 to help fund our post-election campaigning on behalf of asylum seekers and refugees. In addition, our RAR stall sold in excess of $300 worth of tea towels, bags, T shirts and bumper stickers, all of which serves to raise public awareness.
A great team effort on the part of a dedicated team of our supporters, and an excellent outcome in every way.

National RAR Conference: Bendigo  3rd and 4th September
​  2016​
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 

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