Support group raises funds and hope for refugees

WITH International Refugee Week drawing to a close on Sunday, Warrnambool’s Rural Australians for Refugees (WRAR) group is playing its part in educating the community and “restoring hope” for those searching for a new beginning. 

Charities Scarves for Hope and Friends of Refugees will be the beneficiaries when WRAR holds a fund-raising event at Mozart Hall in Gillies Street at 12.30pm on Sunday. 

The event will offer “songs of liberty and stories of hope” by 11 guest speakers and performers. Event co-ordinator Michelle Uriarau said information about refugees and asylum seekers would be presented.

“There will be a spokesperson explaining who we (WRAR) are and our ideologies and values,” she said.

“We’re going to try a softer approach, given it’s the first time we’ve held the event.”

Ms Uriarau said she was looking forward to hearing Friends of Refugees’ Sri Samy speak, who she said has been instrumental in helping refugees in Melbourne. 

Soup and bread, a sausage sizzle, fairy-floss and popcorn will be on offer, with a $10 entry fee. Children under 12 can enter for free. Local hand-made scarves will be for sale.

Charities Scarves for Hope and Friends of Refugees will be the beneficiaries when WRAR holds a fund-raising event at Mozart Hall in Gillies Street at 12.30pm on Sunday. 

The event will offer “songs of liberty and stories of hope” by 11 guest speakers and performers. Event co-ordinator Michelle Uriarau said information about refugees and asylum seekers would be presented.

“There will be a spokesperson explaining who we (WRAR) are and our ideologies and values,” she said.

“We’re going to try a softer approach, given it’s the first time we’ve held the event.”

Ms Uriarau said she was looking forward to hearing Friends of Refugees’ Sri Samy speak, who she said has been instrumental in helping refugees in Melbourne. 

Soup and bread, a sausage sizzle, fairy-floss and popcorn will be on offer, with a $10 entry fee. Children under 12 can enter for free. Local hand-made scarves will be for sale.

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