Community responds to JRS’ winter clothing appeal

Students from St Columba's College Essendon who assisted with winter clothing bazaar.

Students from St Columba’s College Essendon who assisted with winter clothing bazaar.

“The hardships face by many of those seeking asylum in Australia are legion: minimal government support; difficulty in finding employment; dealing with past trauma; compounded mental health issues; and indefinite waiting times for protection visa applications, to name just a few.”.

Over 300 asylum seekers living in Western Sydney benefited from JRS’ second annual Winter Clothing Bazaar recently. Hundreds of donated items were delivered in the days leading up to the bazaar, highlighting the fact that many people in the community are concerned about the welfare of those seeking asylum.

Over 24 volunteers assisted in the planning, sorting, and distribution of the clothes and blankets, including school students and JRS’s own battalion of committed and hardworking volunteers.

The hardships face by many of those seeking asylum in Australia are legion: minimal government support; difficulty in finding employment; dealing with past trauma; compounded mental health issues; and indefinite waiting times for protection visa applications, to name just a few.

While the bazaar provided an opportunity for the wider community to provide much-needed, warm winter clothes, it also created a space for interaction between members of the community and people seeking asylum. It is this willingness by Australians to engage, listen, and to hear the life stories of people asking for our protection that will lead to a greater demand for more just and humane refugee policies.

By Matthew Potts, Community Development and Schools Engagement Officer

 

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