Refugee events celebrate their value to region
'RESTORING hope' is the theme of this year's Refugee Week, which runs from tomorrow and provides opportunities to celebrate the contribution former refugees make to our community.
Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight said Refugee Week was important for the way it not only highlighted ongoing refugee issues, but also recognised the amazing spirit of former refugees and celebrated their achievements.
"The events we have planned are designed to bring people together and give the former refugees who now live here a voice," Cr Knight said.
"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 will be marked locally 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.
As well, there will be a free community evening at the Cavanbah Centre on Friday, June 20, from 5.30pm.
The evening will include performances from our local refugee community, short films of inspiring refugee stories and a presentation by Carol King, NSW president of Amnesty International Australia, along with some traditional refreshments.