Together on World Refugee day we raised $1,676,980 to support people seeking asylum
To all our 15,207 supporters:
The ASRC recognised 20 years of being a Home of Hope for people seeking asylum this June.
The ASRC Telethon on World Refugee Day (Sunday, 20 June) is a chance to recognise and celebrate the strength and resilience of refugees and people seeking asylum and the incredible contribution they make to our community.
From across Australia, people come together in solidarity to raise funds for the ASRC that will champion a more compassionate Australia, while supporting and empowering refugees and people seeking asylum as they rebuild their lives here.
It is also a day to amplify the voices of those who have sought asylum and inspire people to be a force for change to help create a fairer and more welcoming Australia for refugees.
Prudence Melom spent her early years in a refugee camp in Africa before resettling with her family in Toowoomba, one of the most conservative places in Australia, where she learnt first-hand the power of sharing stories to challenge misconceptions. Prudence is an anti-racism campaigner and created the E-RACED charity to help erase racism, one story at a time. By training young migrants and refugees to share their stories in high schools across Australia, students’ positive direct contact with people with lived experience of seeking asylum is challenging preconceptions about migrants and refugees.
Kamal is an ex-professional soccer player and young Socceroo, who started his career with Port Melbourne Sharks Soccer Club. It’s a lesser-known fact that as a child he escaped civil war. Fleeing in the conflict in Ethiopia, Kamal came to Australia as a refugee and founded the One Ball charity. One Ball is a community program for children and young people from CALD backgrounds to play soccer and maintain good mental health as they adjust not only to the changes of adolescence but a new life in Australia. His story shows how community sport can be a pathway for migrant and refugee youth to resettle and excel.
In Pakistan, equal rights were not valued and some people considered girl children a sign of shame. In 2013 she nearly lost her life in an explosion that killed more than a hundred people, including her friends. A year later her family were granted humanitarian visas to come to Australia. As she adjusted to her new life in Toowoomba she described her feelings as bittersweet. On one hand, the new freedoms and experiences were wonderful, but she had to endure comments such as ‘Go back to where you came from’ or being called ‘terrorist’. Taking the high road Rahila began to publicly share her experience at every opportunity in order to break down negative stereotypes. Now she is studying law and working towards becoming a politician to ensure that everyone, regardless of where they come from, feels welcome in this country.
Our vision is that people seeking asylum in Australia are treated fairly, feel welcome and have equal opportunities to realise their dreams.
We celebrate and value the strength of the diversity refugees and people seeking asylum bring to Australia and believe people should be provided with appropriate support and opportunities to participate here as they rebuild their lives.
This year our community of +15,000 donors, artists, musicians and activists stood united to raise $1.67 million to help us create a more welcoming, fair and compassionate place for people seeking safety here.
This year, your donations will also help the ASRC to fund a new multi-million dollar and multi-year investment to build the capacity of the refugee sector and fund other refugee-led organisations and projects to power change.
Our commitment is to help ensure that people with lived and living experience of seeking asylum, and their voices, are at the centre of the movement, supporting a new generation of refugee leaders with the experience and knowledge to address the long-term needs and goals of the community.
The ASRC Telethon was hosted at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Footscray (Melbourne) and broadcasted live over our social media channels.