Geoff McPherson CRS Scholarships 2018

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.

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CRS recognised in the ACT Honour Walk

Chief Minister Andrew Barr will host an event this month to mark the inclusion of CRS on a plaque in the ACT Honour Walk in Ainslie Place in Civic. The ACT Honour Walk recognises individuals and organisations who have shaped the City of Canberra. CRS is being included in recognition of its contribution to providing the best possible start for refugees and asylum seekers in Canberra.
This is a wonderful recognition of CRS and the contribution that all of its members have made over the years.

Poetry Evening for Refugees

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.

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