An Ordinary Girl

By Anna Duong

Dear Compassionate Aussie,

I, too, am an Aussie. But I was once a boat people refugee fleeing from North Vietnam Communism. 

And this is why I am reaching out to you. I feel very deeply for the children in detention and I fear that time is limited for some of them. 

For years, I have sat back in despair and wondered what I can do. At the end 2017, with the help of my 2 daughters as co-illustrators, I published my autobiography in a soft cover coffee table book format with a children's version captioning each illustration. With this first edition, I aim to raise $4000 for Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. 

My book is titled An Ordinary Girl, it is a book about how I became a boat person refugee and my journey to becoming an Aussie myself. In it are themes of hope, strength, focus, gratitude and the importance of education. Our children will have a sense of how blessed they are to live the Aussie life once they read An Ordinary Girl. The illustrations were done with my 2 daughters and I. The front cover was done when Nya was 3 and Haylen was 7. Nya drew the moon with a silver texta and Haylen was 7 when she drew the boat with colour pencil.  

We have only 30 more copies to get to the $4000. The public are able to donate $30 to have a copy sent to them. Every dollar goes to the ASRC after printing and postage ($8.10) and printing ($7.07). I now even use recycled cardboard to protect the books in transit to save money.

Would you consider sharing this message with to help me reach $4000 for ASRC to save the children of Nauru?

I am asking you to do this because time is running out for these children and I am anxious for their survival.

Please consider donating $30 on For members in the Murwillumbah to Tweed area, I can meet you at the shops to deliver to save postage. Please contact me to arrange.

I am just an average mum who is listening to my conscience. I know there are many of us out there who are parents and would do anything for our kids.

I can't imagine what it is like on Nauru, to watch my own children languish without a will to live. What would you do for yours?

Please consider donating, An Ordinary Girl will make a great present this Christmas.

To donate and have a book sent/delivered to you:

Eternally grateful to you,

Anna Duong

Refugee Association of Logan Appeal
In light of developments of the past few months where both asylum Seeker b
families and individuals are being subjected to double rejection by the
Immigration Department and are told to return to their country of origin, RAL is
pleased to launch an  " Emergency Relief Fund " to provide some relief to this group of people.

Their centrelink support has been withdrawn and in their desperation they have 
lodged legal appeals. In the process many of them have lost their jobs 
and are left destitute unable to pay for their food and rent. With your support it
is our intention to help these desperate people to keep a roof over their heads.
We are making this urgent appeal to everyone to make a contribution towards 
this worthy course.
Your donation however small will go a long way to elevate the plight of these unfortunate people.

Please donate to RAL's Emergency Relief Fund at:
Bendigo Bank Springwood 
BSB:          633 - 000     
AC No:      154 096 721

All donations will be acknowledged and are tax deductible, or you can send a cheque to RAL P.O. Box 2745 Logan City DC Qld. 4114.
Please also forward this appeal to others you know.