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An appeal to all RAR members for team members

Personal and family illness is sucking the strength from our National RAR Committee.

And as some members of the committee have fallen, others have simply picked up the extra load.

Yet being who they are, wonderful and dedicated, they do not complain.

But the few remaining will inevitably succumb to the untenable burden of too many tasks.

The 2020 elected committee of 11 members has been reduced to four. Louise, Jonathan, Marie, and Paul.

Steve M.  has recently been co-opted as a new member, as Louise needs to reduce her load, and, after four years on the National Committee, Marie needs to slow down.


I am writing this letter to appeal to our thousands of supporters to step up.


National RAR needs:

·         Someone to manage the Website

·         Someone to lead the Facebook team

·         Someone who understands Twitter

·         Someone who loves Campaigning

·         Someone who loves Networking

·         Someone who ….


I believe in the amazing network that is RAR.

In 2008, Margot O’Neill wrote about RAR in her book, Blind Conscience:

… three middle-aged women [were] so enraged by the treatment of the Tampa refugees, they formed the optimistically named ‘Rural Australians for Refugees’ (RAR). Despite the media cliché of country rednecks, RAR will ultimately boast 100 groups around Australia with 15,000 devotees, the largest and most influential of the refugee groups.


As many of you know, I am currently writing the amazing history of RAR’s 20-year existence.

I would hate the final chapter to have to detail the second collapse of the RAR network.

As Richie Norton says: You deserve a network of inclusion and influence, but it’s up to you to create it.

Jan G.

15 February 2021

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