Refugee Week is an annual event which promotes positive images of refugees and celebrates the valuable contribution refugees make to Australian society. Our ultimate aim is to facilitate better understanding between different communities and encourage successful integration, enabling refugees to live in safety and to continue making a valuable contribution to Australia. This year, Refugee Week is being celebrated from Sunday 14 June to Saturday 20 June.
Refugee Week in Shepparton
Come and celebrate the contribution that refugees make to our community by launching Refugee Week. The celebrations will include story time reading from Ahn Do’s book ‘The Little Refugee’, activities and entertainment. Halal food will be provided. Events will be held across Shepparton between Sunday June 14 and Saturday June 20. Download a Flyer to see all the events for Refugee Week in Shepparton, 2015
What is Refugee Week?
Refugee Week has been celebrated in Australia since 1986. It provides a platform where positive images of refugees can be promoted in order to create a culture of welcome throughout the country.
Our ultimate aim is to facilitate better understanding between different communities and encourage successful integration, enabling refugees to live in safety and to continue making a valuable contribution to Australia.
The Aims of Refugee Week:
- 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 Story Telling
The Refugee Council of Australia has chosen “With courage let us all combine” as the theme for Refugee Week in Australia for 2015 to 2017. 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. It serves as a call for unity and for positive action, encouraging Australians to improve our nation’s welcome for refugees and to acknowledge the skills and energy refugees bring to their new home.
Listen to local refugees share their stories of resettling in Australia at Shepparton Library, Friday 19 June, Starting 6.30pm A light supper will be provided by the Friends of the Shepparton Library. Shepparton Library is located at 41-43 Marungi Street Shepparton.
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