CRS Response to Christchurch

Canberra Refugee Support expresses its sympathy and support for the victims of the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand
Canberra Refugee Support joins in the heartfelt expression of solidarity with our Muslim communities from people across Australia, New Zealand and the world.
CRS expresses its commitment to continue to welcome refugees and asylum seekers and to stand against hatred and violence.

Local soccer club welcomes refugees and holds a minutes’ silence

CRS member Oliver Caruana-Brown and his team Canberra City SC, along with Weston Molonglo FC, stood together to welcome Hakeem al-Araibi and support refugees, as well as hold a minutes’ silence for the lives lost in Christchurch, before their FFA Cup clash over the weekend.
Talking to the Canberra Times, Oliver said “al-Araibi’s story transcends one man – it is a story of the “shocking” way Australia treats refugees under its protection, and what can be done when the community backs a cause.”
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Geoff McPherson CRS Scholarships Awards Ceremony, 19 June

The big event in June was the Awards Ceremony for the 2018 Geoff McPherson CRS Scholarships. Forty-five scholarships were awarded this year to Canberra region students with a refugee background to mark United Nations World Refugee Week 2018. The purpose of the scholarships is to recognise meritorious performance and to encourage and support outstanding refugee students. Each scholarship is accompanied by a cash grant and an award certificate to mark the occasion.

Thank you again to the donors who so generously support the CRS scholarships program each year.