Ballina Region For Refugees: Update

A fun night was had by around 100 people at Mullumbimby on Saturday 4 March when Dangerously Poetic Press held a benefit to raise funds for Ballina Region for Refugees (BR4R), a local organisation that provides support and assistance to refugees and asylum seekers living in the Australian community. A theme of hope and belonging underpinned a vibrant evening of music, poetry, fabulous food and generous giving with over $2600 raised.

This successful evening will be followed by another event at 7pm on 16 March at Ballina Fair Cinema. BR4R will host a screening of The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe, a documentary that has rated highly with audiences since its June 2016 release. $5 from every ticket sold will go to BR4R. Further details and tickets are available at www.fan-force.com Come a little early for pre-event drinks and nibbles and email ballinarr@gmail.com to be included for catering.

Stanley Yeo, BR4R Vice-President said that all funds raised support the homestay program, the Nauru Friendship Group and an emergency fund for asylum seekers and refugees.

A Palm Sunday rally for refugees will be held on the beach front at Lennox Head at 11am on 9 April. Meanwhile fortnightly BR4R vigils continue at the traffic lights at the corner of Kerr and River Streets Ballina. These vigils commence at 4.30pm and the next one will be on 22 March.

The next meeting of BR4R will be held on Saturday 18 March at Northlakes Community Hall, Whiting Way, Ballina (off North Creek Road). This meeting is open to the public and will include a guest speaker who will give insights into the African refugee experience of settling in the Lismore area.

For more information email BR4R at ballinarr@gmail.com

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