The courage of refugees who face persecution and the loss of their
homes and families to start their lives again is the central focus of Refugee
Week 2016, June 19-25.
Every year Refugee Week celebrates the positive contributions made
by refugees to Australian society, as well as raising awareness about the
issues affecting refugees.
In Coffs Harbour, the Week will be marked by a free Community Celebration
at the Harry Bailey Memorial Library and Regional Gallery on Wednesday, June 22,
It will feature a range of inspiring stories from former refugees
now living here, live music and dance performances including local band The
Brothers, delicious Ethiopian food and the début screening of a local
Refugee Youth short film project.
This year’s Refugee Week theme is ‘With courage let us all
combine’. Taken from the second verse of the national anthem, the theme
celebrates the courage of refugees and of people who speak out against
persecution and injustice.
“Refugees become refugees because they face conflict or
persecution in their countries of origin and often face discrimination,
difficulty and rejection in places where they seek safety,” said Coffs Harbour
Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight.
“As a community we are proud of the way we’ve welcomed – and
continue to open our arms to – people who had the courage to leave all that is
familiar and step into the unknown in search of peace, the courage to keep
going in the face of devastating loss and despair and the courage to begin
again, to work hard and to maintain hope in a new place.
“Please come along to the celebration and show your support.”
is free, but to reserve your place, please go to http://tinyurl.com/CoffsHarbourRefugeeWeek or call 6648 4900.
Donations will be gratefully accepted on behalf of the Refugee Council of
Australia throughout the evening.