Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. Celebrated since 1986, Refugee Week coincides with World Refugee Day (20 June).
The ultimate aim of the celebration is to create better understanding between different communities and to encourage successful integration enabling refugees to live in safety and to continue making a valuable contribution to Australia.
Refugee Week 2019
Melton City Council in partnership with Lakeview College and the Melton Interfaith Network hosted an exciting event on Wednesday 19 June 2019 to celebrate Refugee Week.
We celebrated this year’s theme ‘A World of Stories’, by bringing food and storytelling to the focus of our event; featuring a range of performances, speakers, cultural food and stalls including:
- David Nyuol Vincent, Author of “The Boy Who Couldn’t Die’ shared his inspiring story of surviving famine, wars and 17 years in refugee camps to build a new life in Australia
- Lakeview Seniors College VCAL Students raised money and donations to go to local service provider Mi Care that supports people of refugee background
- Djerriwarrh Community Education, Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) class shared a video they created in class
- Performances by the United South Sudanese Youth Group and Melbourne based Brazilian Band Vento-pipa.
If you would like to get involved in next year’s celebrations, please contact our Intercultural Project Officer, Fran Grossi on 9747 7200.
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