Ballina Region For Refugees is inviting the local public to at an “open air” Rally on Sunday 25th March 2018. The Rally is to highlight the growing concern felt in our community about the injustice of the Australian government’s treatment of asylum seekers and refugees. This year Lismore Amnesty will be joining the Rally to support the local group.
The Rally will also be an opportunity to learn more about the positive activities many groups in our region are involved to support refugees and asylum seekers, such as Homestay programs, Support programs and Friendship groups.
The Ballina group is a member of Rural Australians for Refugees, a network of around 90 groups across Australia.
The Rally, on Sunday 25th March, will start with guest speakers Ms Prudence Melom, a refugee from Chad, who is Toowoomba’s Young Citizen of the Year 2018. Tamara Smith MP, State member for Ballina;Cr. David Wright, Mayor of Ballina; Cr Nathan Willis, a lawyer working with refugees and refugee advocates Sr. Jane Keogh and Sr. Anne Shay. Start time is 11:00 a.m. on the beach foreshore in Lennox Head (opposite shops in Ballina Street).
Following the formal addresses people will have opportunities to talk to the speakers to learn more of their experiences and their insights into the refugee crisis.
The membership of Ballina Region for Refugee invites all interested people to partner with them in promoting understanding, compassion and justice for asylum seekers and refugees. Palm fronds may be carried at the Rally as symbols of welcome and friendship.
All donations are gratefully received for Sr Jane Keogh’s work.