Ballarat RAR has fortnightly Monday rallies 11am – noon outside local M.P Catherine King’s office Lydiard St. Ballarat, and highlights particular issues of the day, such as ‘Time For A Home’ campaign. It’s a good way to communicate directly to the Ballarat community and also to gauge public attitudes to refugees and people seeking asylum. Generally the response is positive, with many toots by drivers passing by, as well as interesting conversations with people walking by. (2021).
Ballarat RAR members supported the Memory Walk and Jog in Ballarat on 18th April 2021.
Members were at the finishing line with banner flying cheering in member David McPhail after his run around Lake Wendouree. The event was to show people living with dementia they’re not alone.
#7yearstoolong – 19 July 2020
Ballarat RAR and along with other members of the community braved a chilly wet morning yesterday with a ‘Covid-19 Save’ rally, all masked up and physically distanced with a call out #7YearsTooLong.
Ballarat media have been very supportive in advertising this event given the sensitivities of rallying during the pandemic.
June 2020 National Refugee Week
Ballarat RAR has created a short video for refugee week, to highlight the various actions we have taken in the last 18months – Rallies, book launches and fundraisers in support of refugees and asylum seekers in Ballarat and nationally.
Ballarat RAR Promotion Video
Ballarat RAR continues a call for donations to help refugees and asylum seekers living in Ballarat. There are 30 refugee households in Ballarat who because of COVID-19 are in desperate need. Many of these people are without work rights, and have been excluded from the government’s emergency relief packages. (see flyer re. bank info). Money received goes directly to these people to help them with their everyday expenses such as utility bills, rent, clothing, food, educational, medical, car, mobile phone, and internet. Thank you for the generous donations received and your continuing support.
Refugees in Ballarat are speaking up about in the hardships they are suffering particularly due to Covid-19 restrictions, and being excluded from the government’s emergency funding packets.
Susan Dahal spoke to ABC radio and ABC TV yesterday. see link below.
Maureen Doonan, member of Ballarat RAR, was interviewed by ABC local radio this morning regarding our concerns for the hardship of refugees and asylum seekers in Ballarat, and how Ballarat RAR is helping with limited resources.
Maureen Riches, member of Ballarat RAR regularly has articles in the local Courier newspaper regarding the great concerns for refugees and asylum seekers in Melbourne Immigration Detention Centre. Click to view the latest courier newspaper article.
Please help by donating.
Ballarat RAR meeting times :
Monthly meeting: Third Wednesday of month at 7 pm, held at the Eastwood Leisure Complex, Eastwood St
Letter writing: Second Tuesday of month from 10am to Noon at Ballarat Library
Peaceful demonstration weekly, every Monday from 11am to Noon in Lydiard St Nth (near Catherine King’s office)
Tampa Rally, 2019
Ballarat RAR kicks off #5YearsTooMany Campaign
16-22 July 2018
Ballarat RAR Convener, Kath Morton, is Ballarat Citizen of the Year
Ballarat’s Citizen of the Year winner Kath Morton has been recognised for her work to improve the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.
Ms Morton is a foundation member of Ballarat Rural Australians for Refugees where she organises regular visits to people detained at Melbourne Immigration and Transit Accommodation in Melbourne, raises funds for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and lobbies the Federal Government seeking changes to refugee policy.
Read more about Ms Morton here.
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