Thursday, December 2, 2021

Highlights of the year

Our members have been very generous in making donations to support individuals both in our area and for those in detention waiting for the opportunity to be resettled in Canada. 

Thank you to all our members who responded to our requests for money. Every time we have asked for financial support our members have responded immediately. 

This is so heartening especially in a year when many people are struggling financially. 

There are many ways that our members continue to provide support to the families who have settled here. Members continue to provide ongoing accommodation. Our members have also helped throughout the year with transport, job seeking, completing forms, negotiating complicated systems and simply keeping in touch which is possibly the most important of all. 

Although we have not been able to host any families for a holiday through Home Among the Gum Trees (HAGT) this year, we made a donation to HAGT Sydney who has been providing financial support to Asylum Seekers who have lost jobs because of covid and are unable to access Centrelink benefits.

Because of covid we have had limited opportunities to meet and enjoy social events. However, we were fortunate to be able to meet at Tin and Ian’s house in June.

It was so nice to get together, have a general meeting and share and enjoy lunch at such a beautiful property. Thank you so much to Tin and Ian for being wonderful hosts. 

We are not meeting in December but hopefully next year we will be able to meet socially every second month starting in February. 

We are looking forward to catching up at Bago Vineyards in February.