Welcome – We Are One
During Refugee Week in June 2020 the Fleurieu Refugee Support Group launched a Student Art Event that will culminate in an exhibition on Saturday October 3rd of artworks based on the theme “Welcome – We Are One”.
To ensure the success of this project, eight of our members are providing support to eight schools in Yankalilla, Myponga, Rapid Bay, Victor Harbor and Port Elliott, plus a home-schooling group. We are working with principals, teachers, school service officers and a pastoral care worker who have taken up the project with great enthusiasm. Each school will display at their school all students’ art prior to selection of up to 20 works for entry in the exhibition. Our volunteers will collect the chosen works for delivery to Yankalilla Agricultural Hall by 25th September.
Three independent judges, local Fleurieu artists, will assess the works according to the extent to which they embody the theme “Welcome – We Are One”, unity of humanity, cultural diversity, community safety and harmony, as well as demonstrating artistic skill and creativity.
Winners will be announced at 4 pm Saturday, October 3rd at the Yankalilla Showgrounds by Rebekha Sharkie. There are two categories for entry: Age range 5 – 11 and 12 – 18 years. Cash prizes will be awarded in each age group as well as merit prizes and participation certificates.
There is a special appearance from Bortier Okoe. As well local musicians and a local school choir will provide musical entertainment outdoors under a marquee. We have booked a refreshment van.
This event has potential for tremendous reach and sustainability, as students share with families and friends their ideas about creating a welcoming community and spreading a spirit of sharing. Articles in local papers before and after the exhibition further promote community discussion that can dispel misinformation, prejudice or fear. The event may be held annually featuring different themes and involvement of refugee and community groups and fostering the engagement of youth in the arts.
Art works from students from Victor Harbour will hang in the Victor Library Foyer from 6 – 16 October.
ROSIE COTTAGE: SHORT TERM HOLIDAY ACCOMODATION FOR REFUGEES
We live in one of the most beautiful parts of South Australia, with farms, national parks, beaches and small friendly townships. Through the generosity of volunteers, we have access to private accommodation which is available for short holidays, or for respite for refugee families, couples or individuals. Our goal is to make you welcome and ensure that visitors have a wonderful time.
This area is the home of the traditional owners, the Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri people. We acknowledge their continuing relationship with the land.
Rosie Cottage is in Normanville. It is in easy walking/cycling/pram pushing distance from Normanville Beach, supermarkets, hotel, post office, cafes, et cetera. Normanville is 77 kilometres south of Adelaide by car via the Southern Expressway and Main South Road. From the city the car trip usually takes 90 minutes. There is also a daily bus service through the SEALINK company from Adelaide to Cape Jervis. There is a bus stop in Normanville.
Photos from the day. Good turn out and great response to our speech
WHO WE ARE
We are a small group of residents who meet regularly to discuss refugee issues that we might address as a community. We come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are an informal and unaffiliated group. We are committed to projects that demonstrate that Australia welcomes and supports those who come here to be safe from violence, abuse, persecution and loss.
Our achievements in support of refugees and asylum seekers have included:
* providing respite and brief holiday accommodation on the Fleurieu
* assisting with employment and educational needs
* promoting opportunities to share culture
* screening The Staging Post, a film about the creation of a school and the building of a cohesive community by refugees who are stranded in Indonesia
* working with the District Council of Yankalilla to have our region declared a Refugee Welcome Zone (declared on June 18, 2019)
Some key documents that can provide further information about our group: