Refugee Week is not over yet
Today, 79.5 million people are displaced around the world, according to UNHCR’s latest figures released this week. The need to mark World Refugee Day and raise awareness of the challenges facing refugees has never been higher.
With physical distancing, our annual World Refugee Day event was online for the first time ever, opening up the celebrations to our incredible supporters right across the country. The event raised over $150,000 to support UNHCR’s coronavirus response, protecting refugees and displaced people from the spread of COVID-19.
Our special guests reflected on the theme “Everyone can make a difference – Every Action Counts”, showing how even just small steps taken by everyday Australians can have a real impact on the lives of displaced families and children overseas.
UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett AC and Australia for UNHCR Special Representative Marta Dusseldorp discussed their roles as ambassadors and importance of sharing refugee stories, and Western Sydney community leader and former South Sudanese refugee Mayor Chagai inspired us all to engage with displaced people in our own community to understand the challenges they’ve faced and resilience we can learn from.
For Sama: film night // Friday 19th June, 7:30pm-9:30pm
Presented by the Refugee Council of Australia, For Sama is an award-winning film, telling the story of a young Syrian woman Waad al-Kateab and her baby daughter Sama, set against the brutal backdrop of war in Aleppo, Syria. Register here to watch the film at home with your family or friends – a perfect Friday night in!
Run 5, Donate 5, Nominate 5
Get fit, educate your friends and raise money in our latest campaign to support refugees. Run 5km, donate to support 5 refugees and tag 5 friends to do the same. And the best thing – it’s exponential! If everyone you tag takes part and tags five more friends within a week and so on, in just five weeks that’s over $30,000 raised and thousands more people aware of the refugee crisis. Start spreading the movement and sign up here.
Online poetry recital // Friday 19th June, 4pm-5:30pm
Sydney refugees have written short five-line poems about what it means to now call Australia home. Listen to the recital, some in the poet’s traditional language (with English translation). For an afternoon with the well versed, free registration is here.
Go blue on social media
Add our Facebook frame to your profile picture to show your friends that you’re #WithRefugees.
Refugee Leadership during COVID-19 and Beyond // Friday 19th June, 5pm-7pm
Everyone is welcome to join this refugee-led conference to discuss the needs and advocacy priorities for refugees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Speakers include refugees from Thai Burma border camps, Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazaar settlements, Iran and Indonesia. Free registration is here.
Create your own event
Don’t see the right event for you? Host your own! Organise your own fundraiser or education session, whether it’s a morning tea, a film night, a cake stall, a fun run with friends, or something else entirely. To register your event, find out more here. We’ll help you every step of the way.
Craftivists Stephanie Dunlap and Tal Fitzpatrick reached out to artists around the world to raise funds for Australia for UNHCR
The majority of funds raised by Australia for UNHCR are directed to UNHCR’s emergency operations, providing the ready funds and resources to respond quickly and effectively in situations of crisis and disaster.