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Castlemaine: Community Picnic – Welcoming Refugees
30 April 2016 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Castlemaine Botanic Gardens, Tea rooms
Sat 30 April, 11am to 4pm
BYO picnic lunch and a rug or chair.
Feel free to bring musical instruments, face paints, games equipment, etc.
Tea, coffee & cordial provided, with icy poles for the kids.
A friendship initiative of Harcourt Uniting Church,
with the assistance of
Rural Australians for Refugees Castlemaine
Respect us, asylum seeker urges government – Extract from the Bendigo Advertiser – 25 Feb 2016. Read the full article here
A PICNIC with asylum seekers in April will give Castlemaine residents the chance to learn more about the struggles people face after fleeing persecution.
Nicola Fortune, a member of the Castlemaine branch of Rural Australians for Refugees, said her group was teaming up with a church in Harcourt for an event at the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens on April 30.
Members of the community, she said, were invited to come and meet a group of asylum seekers from Melbourne.
“People often don’t have a strong sense of what the experiences of asylum seekers are,” she said. “We hope that people from the community will come and meet an asylum seeker. That personal contact is so important.”
Picnic Enquiries: Solway 0410 799 297