- This event has passed.
Sydney-Canberra: Walk for Refugee
24 February 2018 - 11 March 2018
The Refugee Regatta 2018 involves a series of events running from Feb 24-March 11 2018. We aim to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and asylum seekers languishing in offshore detention in Manus and Nauru and send a message to the Australian Government that the majority of Australians stand for the closure of those centres. We believe that Australia must ensure that we provide for our own safety without jeopardising people who have turned to us for help. The current situation in these centres is untenable and we must find workable solutions which do not mistreat vulnerable people, do not stem from fear and which more accurately reflect the compassionate welcoming Australia we know and love.
The Regatta began in 2017 with a walk from Adelaide to Canberra. It is non political, and is organised by a group of ordinary Australians from Adelaide: Adam Richards, a criminal lawyer who walks with his 14 year old son Ned and their support/admin team comprising lawyers, human service workers and an IT specialist. We are delighted to have the support of the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre (ASRC) and Amnesty International.
This walk is funded entirely by donation and sponsorship. Any extra monies raised once costs are covered goes to “Gifts for Manus and Nauru” providing school supplies and day to day living essentials for those in the centres.