All stops to help young refugees
YOU can spend a night with great actors like Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren and help a newly arrived Bellingen refugee family repay the cost of their airfare from Africa.
Next Thursday night will be a charity screening at First Avenue Sawtell of The Last Station, starring Plummer and Mirren and portraying the last year in the life of Leo Tolstoy.
Refugee advocates compare gaining refugee visas to winning the lottery without having the bus fare to collect the prize and refugees rely on charitable sponsors to cover the cost of airfares.
The Sanctuary Australia Foundation funded the airfares for Ethiopians Seifa, Adina and their two young boys, Eyasu and Amanyuel, to travel from their Kenyan refugee camp to Bellingen. To help the young family repay the debt and enable the foundation to fund the arrival of more successful refugee applicants, the Sanctuary Bellingen Support Group is selling tickets to The Last Station at on Thursday at 7pm (doors open at 6.45pm).
Tickets costs $15 and can be purchased on the night or in advance from Gecoz, 85A Hyde Street, Bellingen or Carty and Cox Solicitors, 16 William Street, Bellingen.