Open Garden (as seen on TV) a huge local success

The Open Garden created and hosted by local Tina van Raay, (as seen on Better Homes & Gardens) was to raise funds for CRS.
CAFÉ MILALA run by young women from Afghanistan served delicious cakes along with coffees and teas all weekend long.

The weekend was a huge success and we thank everyone for their support.

End-of-Year Message from CRS President Doug Hynd

A Christmas note: On behalf of the Committee I want to thank all the members of CRS for their support and great generosity during 2017, whether in spending time with refugees and asylum seekers, keeping the committee running, organising and participating in fund raising events and giving generously. You are a wonderful group of people.
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CRS Fundraising Dinner – October 2017

The 2017 CRS Fundraising Dinner took place on 12 October 2017 at the Hellenic Club’s Olympus Room, Woden ACT.

Guest speakers were Paul Power, CEO of Refugee Council of Australia (RCoA) and Kim Huynh, a local identity, academic and author. The MC for the evening was the wonderful Alex Sloan, 2017 Canberra Citizen of the Year and former ABC Local Radio 666 presenter.

A report on the evening can be read on the Events page at this link

CRS Family in need

Dear CRS supporter

Your spontaneous generosity over the past few years has enabled us to do a great deal to be good neighbours in assisting asylum seekers and refugees to find a life in Canberra and be supported while their claims are assessed. In the last year the impact of Government policy has been to increase the cost to CRS of providing support. We are now confronted with a case that stretches our resources to the limit. That’s why I am writing to appeal to you for additional financial support. Continue reading

A Special Donation

An asylum seeker family in Canberra has been receiving support from Canberra Refugee Support and some of its members for the last couple of years.

At the end of a recent family/CRS members outing, the family concerned gave a cash donation of $250 dollars to CRS. The family indicated that they had kept careful records of every financial contribution ever received from CRS and that they wished to contribute to CRS by paying back ‘every cent’ received.

The church attended by the family encourages tithing 10% of earnings to the church, but the family has decided, for the moment, to tithe 5% to the church and 5% to CRS.

The CRS members receiving the donation indicated that such a substantial contribution was not necessary, especially given the family’s continuing fragile economic circumstances. Nevertheless, the donation was insisted upon – and has been gratefully received by CRS.

All who know about this have been greatly touched, and we wanted to share the story with the wider membership.