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Refugee Week 2019

Sunday 16 to Saturday 22 June marks Refugee Week in 2019. This period is a special and significant opportunity for the whole nation to celebrate the contribution refugees make to our society. It’s also a time to raise awareness, remember and honour the often perilous journey that refugees have endured to reach a place of safety.

The overarching aim of Refugee Week is to provide a platform where positive images of refugees can be promoted in order to facilitate an increased culture of welcome throughout the country. A celebration such as this will help to create better understanding between different communities and enable those who seek safety in a country like ours to prosper and continue to make valuable contribution to Australia.

As part of Refugee Week 2019, there are a couple of special events happening in Whittlesea to mark the occasion. Lalor library will be showing a documentary on Tuesday 18 June at 11am titled Molly & Mobarak. This film tells the story of a young Hazara refugee living in a small Australian country town. Telling such a warm, human story, this film is not to be missed. Entry is free, no tickets necessary.

Finally, on Thursday 20 June the City of Whittlesea will be hosting an exciting free Refugee Week celebration. From 10am, Epping Memorial Hall will come alive with live music, delicious food and traditional crafts, honouring the many cultures of the community. Attendees will be able to meet some inspiring individuals and hear their stories in person, in film and share a meal together. There will also be a parade of traditional dress!

Come along to either of these events and celebrate the rich diversity of our community and the valuable contributions refugees make to it.

To find out more about Refugee Week, visit the Refugee Council of Australia website.