Friday, 30 May 2014

May 15 Newsletter

Hi Redlands for Refugees folk,

We had a lively and interesting meeting last night – thanks to those who attended. Here’s a summary of key decisions and developments.


Regrettably, we’ve had to postpone our next Hospitality Day – complications in the availability of some key people meant we could not continue with Saturday, May 31. Sincere apologies to the 28 of you who had advised that you were able to help on that day. The new date is Saturday, June 28, and it will be at the lovely waterside Beth Boyd Park, at John St and Mooroondu Rd, Thorneside. This will be the first weekend of the school holidays, so we look forward to including families with children among the asylum seekers and hosts alike. I’ll start a new Host List for that day – please email me if you can come and help.


The meeting didn’t want to pass up the last weekend in May altogether, so we decided to have a social picnic for R4R people and their families and friends. This would help us get to know each other better, include people who can’t come to our meetings, and also give us a chance to check out the June 28 venue. It will be on Sunday, June 1, from 12 noon, at Beth Boyd Park. Please bring food for your lunch plus something to share. There are BBQs. Seats and/or blankets would also be good. No RSVP – just turn up if you can.


We decided on a film and discussion format, perhaps with a small component of live music. This will be held on Friday, June 13, 6:30 for a 7:00 pm start. Venue is to be confirmed but we’re hoping for Mary MacKillop Catholic Church hall, 12 Hardy Rd, Birkdale (just down the road from Trinity UC). We propose to screen the film, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, and Rebecca Lim from Romero Centre has kindly agreed to take questions in the discussion afterwards. The event will conclude with supper. We will email you with a notice and flyer and put a piece in the Bayside Bulletin once the venue is confirmed. It would be great to have a strong turnout from R4R folk, and be encouraged to invite your friends and family. Details of the film are here: . I have ordered a copy of the DVD for R4R to keep as a resource – if you can’t make the screening, you can borrow it!


·        Romero is hosting a Refugee Conference and Film Festival, State Library of Qld (South Bank), on Friday, June 6, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. A second day on Saturday, June 7, will be a family day of activities and workshops showcasing cultural diversity. Contact the Romero Centre for details: 3013 0100.
·        The annual Lantern Parade for Refugees will be held at South Bank on Friday evening, June 6(which is also Queensland Day). Gather near the Wheel of Brisbane from 5:00 pm. This includes a procession along the River Walk, ending with a concert at the Courier-Mail Piazza.
·        Refugee Week this year runs from June 15-21. The national web site is here:
·        A rally for refugees and asylum seekers is being held in Brisbane city on Saturday, June 21. A planning meeting tonight will continue the planning. More details to be advised.
·        An ecumenical prayer service for World Refugee Day will be held on Friday, June 20, 6:00 for 6:30 pm, at St Stephen’s Catholic Cathedral, Elizabeth St, City. (They are basing this service on what we did for our prayer vigil on April 11!)

David Busch