Refugee Week in Shepparton, 2019

Refugee Week LogoRefugee Week 2019 will be celebrated from Sunday June 16 up to Saturday June 22, 2019. In observance of Refugee Week, the Shepparton Interfaith Network in collaboration with Ethnic Council of Shepparton and District will present a Multifaith Service at St Brendan’s Church, Shepparton on 20 June, at 6:00pm. The theme for the service is “The Refugee in Australia“.

Refugee Week, coordinated by the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and to celebrate the positive contributions that they make to Australian society.

This year, Refugee Week will be celebrated from Sunday, June 16 up to Saturday June 22, 2019, which includes World Refugee Day on June 20. The theme is “A World of Stories“.

The aims of Refugee Week are:

  • to educate the Australian public about who refugees are and why they have come to Australia;
  • to help people understand the many challenges refugees face coming to Australia;
  • to celebrate the contribution refugees make to our community;
    to focus on how the community can provide a safe and welcoming environment for refugees;
  • for community groups and individuals to do something positive for refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people, within Australia but also around the world; and
  • for service providers to reflect on whether they are providing the best possible services to refugees.

Refugee Week Launch

Featuring: Bukjeh
In Arabic, Bukjeh is a small pack of belongings carried by travellers and refugees.
A free interactive installation and performance, accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. Profound and honest stories of migration and the refugee experience, shared in a disaster relief tent; Bukjeh is a performance by the community, for the community. “When you have limited time left to leave your home, you grab the most valuable things you have in one sack, a bukjeh, and walk. When you are leaving a whole life behind and starting a new one, what do we decide to keep?”

Date: Monday 17 June 2019
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Location: African House, 59 Poplar Ave, Shepparton
For more information contact Sarmed on (03) 5832 9527 or
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Refugee Week Shepparton 2019 Launch Program


Refugee Week Shepparton 2019 Program





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