Celebrate hope in Refugee Week
THIS year's Refugee Week theme comes under the banner of 'Restoring Hope'.
The celebrations which run from June 15 to 22 is an opportunity to discover, acknowledge and celebrate the contribution former refugees make to our community.
"Refugee Week is so important for the way it not only highlights ongoing refugee issues, but also recognises the amazing spirit of former refugees and celebrates their achievements," Coffs Harbour Mayor, Cr Denise Knight, said.
"The events we have planned are designed to bring people together and give the former refugees who now live here a voice. It's also about giving us - as a compassionate community - the opportunity to listen to them and learn from them."
Refugee Week has been celebrated in Australia since 1986 and aims to create a culture of welcome to help former refugees feel safe and to acknowledge the valuable contribution they make to Australian society.
Across Australia, communities will come together during the week through arts, cultural and educational events.
Coffs Harbour will acknowledge Refugee Week with a performance by Orara High School's drum group 'Drumming Up Frenz' in the CBD on Thursday, June 19 at 1pm, supported by Coffs Coast Drummers.
Plus there will be a FREE community evening at the Cavanbah Centre on Friday, June 20 from 5.30pm, to mark 'World Refugee Day' - everyone is welcome.
The evening will include performances from our local refugee community, short films of inspiring refugee stories and a presentation by Carol King, the NSW President of Amnesty International Australia, together with some traditional refreshments.