The Refugee Council of Australia has produced an analysis of how the 2018-2019 Budget measures affect refugees and those seeking humanitarian protection.
Jam for Refugees is a ten hour concert showcasing a series of 30-minute acts by some of Canberra’s finest musicians to raise both money and awareness to assist refugees. After the successful event last year, this one will be even better. Sausage sizzle & afternoon tea available. – Entry by Donation.
FRIDAY 1 JUNE, 10.30 am to 8.30 pm, All Saints’ Church, Cowper St Ainslie.
COME WHEN YOU CAN – LEAVE WHEN YOU MUST
We are pleased to advise that CRS expects to reach its target of raising more than $30,000 for its scholarships program this year! This will be a wonderful outcome, and we acknowledge with thanks the terrific generosity of our members, their families and friends, and many other members of the public.
The CRS Scholarships Team will now be focussed on preparations for the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 19 June 2018 at 9.15am for a 9.30am start. Special guests at the Awards Ceremony will be the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Ms Rachel Steven-Smith MLA, and Mr Thomas Albrecht, UNHCR Regional Representative. Mr Greg Bayliss, local ABC radio identity, has kindly agreed to act as MC for the event this year.
The Awards Ceremony is a major event in the CRS calendar, held annually during World Refugee Week, and members and friends of CRS, along with all donors and families and friends of scholarship awardees, are warmly invited to attend.
The evening involved poetry readings from invited poets who have written refugee poetry, and from refugees and asylum seekers who were invited to come along to read poetry in their own language on the night. The event was held at Smiths Alternative Cafe in Civic, who were extremely generous in donating 100% of the door entry to CRS.
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.
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.