Help them stay – get behind the Asylum Circle crowdfunding campaign

Did you know that there are more than 2,000 people living in Queensland on bridging visas?

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A Bridging visa A (BVA) is a temporary visa. It allows you to stay in Australia after your current substantive visa ceases and while your substantive visa application is being processed. It can be granted if you lodge an application in Australia for a substantive visa while you still hold a substantive visa. Learn more about bridging visas here.

Do you feel confused reading that definition?  Understanding what a bridging visa is? Yes me too. Now imagine how you would go navigating a 101 question visa application about a visa that could literally save your life, if english was your second (or third) language.

Concerned Brisbane citizens and organisations have banded together to raise funds for legal support to help more than 2,000 people living on bridging visas in Queensland take advantage of a one-off opportunity to apply for a Temporary Protection Visa through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Asylum Circle spokesperson Anne Hilton said people who had arrived by sea before January 2014 have 28 days to submit applications to stay.

“These people are currently living on Bridging Visas which means they have no real opportunity to start a decent life here,” Ms Hilton said.

“They now have the opportunity to apply for three year or five year visas that will greatly improve their situations while their permanent status gets sorted out.”

“The visa application process is complex and time consuming. For example, they have to answer 101 questions in English.”

“These people need urgent legal help to apply,” she said.

Currently, lawyers, migration agents and support staff working in Salvos Asylum Seeker Clinic and Refugee and Immigration Legal Service (RAILS) are helping people make their visa applications.

Ms Hilton said both legal services urgently need help for coordination and research staff to support the volunteer lawyers and migration agents provide advice to all eligible people in time.

Asylum Circle has launched a crowd funding campaign to raise $100,000 to boost the efforts of these legal services.

Ms Hilton said funds will help people prepare stronger, more accurate applications with a greater chance of success.

“We need to improve the chances of safety and certainty for these people who have already survived trauma, loss and hardship,” she said.

“Without support from Queenslanders, they risk being sent back to the country they fled.”

Donations can be made via www.givenow.com.au/communifyqldasylumcircle or direct deposit to Communify Qld Inc Gift Account Reference: Asylum Seeker Legal BSB: 064123 Account: 10123138

All donations are tax deductible with no administration fees.

Asylum Circle is a collaborative project auspiced by Communify Qld that contributes to the Queensland-based people who are seeking asylum so that they can enjoy a decent life with some certainty and safety.

For more information contact

Anne Hilton coordinator@asylumcircle.com.au 0416 043 093

Find out more at www.asylumcircle.com.au

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Twitter @asylumcircle

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All girls for One Girl – Brisbane charity dinner – Saturday 3rd December 2016

I am excited to introduce Romany Maunder, One Girl Ambassador, who has written a charityspam guest post about a dinner she is organising this Saturday 3rd December, at Five Sister’s Cafe in South Brisbane, raising money for One Girl – thank you Romany!  

onegirleventMy name is Romany and I’m trying to spread a little love. I have recently completed a dual degree at the University of Queensland and appreciate the importance of education. I faced no barriers to accessing education, and now I want to help others learn.   I have spent the last six months volunteering and interning until I move to Darwin to start my grad job there in January.

My main focus this year has been organising a charity dinner as a One Girl Ambassador. I have zero experience organising events so, organising this dinner has been one hell of a learning experience.  My goal is to raise $100o for One Girl.

When? 6pm this Saturday, 3rd December 2016
Where? Five Sister’s Cafe and Bar, 141 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane
How much? $70 early bird, hurry! Buy your ticket here.

onegirlIn 2010, Chantelle Baxter and Dave Dixon were in Uganda, and by chance met a young girl Brenda.  Brenda was knocking on hotel doors asking for $40 to cover her school fees so she could stay in school for the remainder of the year. Brenda was an orphan living with her grandmother who could no longer afford to pay the school fees. Chantelle and Dave happily paid the $40 plus extra for her books, bag and other supplies. This was One Girl’s first scholarship, and the start of Australian based charity One Girl. Since then One Girl has funded 326 scholarships, and helped 14 000 girls with their education.

Last year I helped organise a second hand clothes market to raise money for One Girl. This year I’ve organised a charity dinner. It has taken months to organise and there have been some major set backs but thankfully I’m working with an amazing café, Five Sisters Café run by a mum and her four daughters and I have received fantastic raffle donations from extraordinary local Brisbane businesses.

Tickets are only $70 (early bird price), please visit my fb event page and buy your ticket here.  Dinner includes a three course meal and four drinks. Yalumba have donated wine, Batlow Cider Co the cider and Young Henrys the beer. 

You don’t have to attend the dinner to buy raffle tickets, these can be bought by donating to http://www.doitinadress.com/romany-maunder and leave a comment for raffle pack 1 or 2. Tickets are $2 for 1 or $10 for 7 and the raffle will be drawn on the night, by buying them online you will receive and email with a tax deductible receipt.

I would love for you to come and along and help me raise $1000 for One Girl.

Love to see you there
Romany
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Toothbrushes + slippers = Christmas kindness

aliMy friend Ali, who has been an incredible supporter of many causes, recently collected and distributed 279 pamper boxes to go to women in domestic violence shelters on the Gold Coast.  Pretty amazing – check out her recent fb post about her wall of love / kindness wall:

“Apparently some clown in the US has been carrying on about building a wall. Here in Oz we do things a little differently. Behind me is a wall that you built, a wall of love. All of your donations have gone into making a wall of 279 pamper boxes to go to women who are in domestic violence shelters this Christmas. That’s enough for a box of kindness for every single woman in a DV shelter in SE Queensland who has run from violence. Now that, my friends, is a wall to be proud of. Mahalo to all my beautiful friends who donated and #RizeUp who will distribute through their networks.”

If that was not enough, Ali was chatting to a DV worker last Saturday night, and asked “what else do you need?”

“Toothbrushes and slippers” she said.  Yep, it is that simple.  If you would like to pick up an extra toothbrush or a pair of slippers, children’s or adults and send to Ali’s next collection, please mail to:

Ali the Angel, 48 Justin Avenue, Mt Tamborine QLD 4272

(or I see Ali fairly regularly, and I can deliver for you too.)

toothbrushIf you have a book club, sports team, work group, or school class looking to put some kindness into your end of year or this Christmas, perhaps you could combine your efforts, collect together and send in.

Ali’s goal is to collect 500 toothbrushes and 500 pairs of slippers – lets help get her there! PLEASE SHARE THIS POST xxx

 

 

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Attention 80s Gold Coast party people!

singalongDo you live on the Gold Coast and want to step back into an 80s disco?  Well here is your chance!  The 6th fundraising Back to the 80s singalong is on again, organised by Dominique Lummus and friends at Helensvale Library’s Auditorium,Sir John Overall Dr & Lindfield Road, Helensvale.

VJ Adam will pump up the volume and screen the very best music videos from the 80s – add disco lights and a haze machine for an 80s party to remember!

The playlist has been issued (see below) and you are encouraged to dress up as your favourite 80s icon and act out your favourite video/s on stage with your friends.

Want to push it – push it good? Going to Walk like an Egyptian? You can! Tickets are $17.50 pp and available now from www.stickytickets.com.au/34653.

madonna-desperately-seeking-susan  The Breaks: Stylin' and Profilin' 1982-1990 by Janette Beckman,  published by powerHouse Books  thebangles

There is a bar selling wine, beer and hot & cold snacks, with the great crew from Oxenford State School P&C Association in charge.

All proceeds from this event go 100% to three charities/orgs – Helensvale Joey Scouts and the Helensvale Cubs special events, Rosies – Friends on the Street: Gold Coast Branch and Mahboba’s Promise.

Arrivals at 6pm on Sat 12th November – tickets $17.50pp from www.stickytickets.com.au/34653 – tickets are still available!

Session One

1. Girls just want to have fun – Cindy Lauper (1983) – everyone welcome on stage to dance along with Zumba with Jo Mellare
2. New sensation – INXS (1987)
3. Thriller – Michael Jackson (1982)
4. I want to break free – Queen (1984)
5. Wake me up before you go-go – Wham (1984)
6. Physical – Olivia Newton John (1981)
7. Down Under – Men at Work (1982)
8. Flashdance – What a Feeling Irene Cara (1983)
9. Like a Virgin – Madonna (1984)
10. We built this city – Starship (1986)
11. Electric Blue – Ice House (1987)
12. Blue Monday – New Order (1983)
13. Whip It – Devo (1980)
14. Kiss – Prince (1986)
15. You’re the voice – John Farnham (1986)

INTERMISSION

Session Two

1. Addicted to love – Robert Palmer (1986)
2. Locomotion – Kylie Minogue (1988)
3. We will rock you – Queen (1984)
4. 500 Miles – The Proclaimers (1989)
5. She’s got the look – Roxette (1988)
6. Walk like an Egyptian – The Bangles (1987)
7. Living on a Prayer – Bon Jovi (1986)
8. Pour some sugar on me – Def Leppard (1987)
9. Material Girl – Madonna (1984)
10. Dancing in the Street – Mick Jagger and David Bowie (1985)
11. Push it – Salt n Peppa (1986)
12. Let’s Dance – David Bowie (1983)
13. I’ve had the time of my life – Jennifer Warnes and Bill Medley (1987)
14. Love Shack – B52s (1989)

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Two Aussie companies partner to “double the good”

Guess what??!!  Two great Aussie companies on a mission to do good, have teamed up to offer you meal and beer that delivers “double the good.”

goodbeer-zambrero-slide-3‘Mexican with a Mission’ pioneers Zambrero, have partnered with The Good Beer Co, Australia’s first social enterprise beer company, to offer Zambrero customers to “double the good” they can do – just by enjoying a good beer with some yummy Mexican food.

I hadn’t heard of Zambrero before.  Zambrero is a quick-service modern Mexican restaurant founded in Canberra in Australia in 2005. There are now ten in Queensland, a total of over 135 restaurants across Australia, New Zealand Thailand and Ireland.  For every meal you purchase, they donate a plate of food to someone in need, via Plate 4 Plate – learn more about their story here.

The Good Beer Co works with good Australian craft brewers to brew and sell good beers to raise money for good causes. It’s first good beer that gives back, Great Barrier Beer, is brewed by Queensland craft brewers, Bargara Brewing Company, and raises funds for the Australian Marine Conservation Society.

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Zambrero, a company committed to tackling world hunger through it’s revolutionary plate for plate initiative, will initially be offering customers at 10 of its Queensland stores the chance to “double the good” by adding a Great Barrier Beer to their food order.

“This is a no brainer. Together we’re a great fit – two companies with a mission to do good through good food and drink.” Shane from Zambrero said.

“The Good Beer Co offers Australians a good beer that does good in the same way we do Mexican with a mission through plate for plate. We love it and we think our customers will love it too.”

The Good Beer Co Founder, James Grugeon, said: “We can’t think of a better partner for our first good beer, Great Barrier Beer, a good Queensland craft beer that raises funds for the Australian Marine Conservation Society and their work to protect our national icon.”

Local Federal MP, Wayne Swan will join Zambrero and The Good Beer Co to help launch the partnership at Zambrero Nundah on Thursday 1st September.

Find a Zambrero restaurant near you here.  Cheers! …or should I say salud!

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Lets fill this container to the brim!

Sierra-Leone-Children-eatingMy friend Jane, founded an Australian charity to help orphans and at risk kids in Sierra Leone.  It is called The Fig Tree Children, and so far, Jane has raised enough money to feed, clothe and send 40 children to school.

The Fig Tree Children run in partnership with a local primary school which is soon to become a secondary school. Locals built the school, and now have over 200 children from the most poverty stricken area of Sierra Leone attending the school. Many families cant afford to attend their children to school, and Jane works hard to find Australian sponsors to pay their school fees. Get in contact with Jane if you would like to sponsor a child.

Next week, in partnership with Bikes For Life, Jane is sending a shipping container over to Sierra Leone, and she is urgently seeking donations of the below items for the school, new or pre-loved: 

  • childrens books – all ages
  • text books, any year level
  • exercise books, writing (lined/unlined) books (anything)
  • paper
  • geometry sets
  • pens, pencils, colouring crayons, glue, scissors, paints,
  • children’s toys or games

TheFigTreeChildrenJane needs these items by next week, Tuesday 6th September.  You can post / or drop off all items to: 26 Nankin Street, Fig Tree Pocket QLD 4069

Or if you would like to make a tax deductible cash donation to buy these items, you can donate online here, or bank details below:
Account name: The Fig Tree Children
BSB: 084 255    Account: 74 304 6763
Ref: First and last name

Jane is also trying to source non-electric sewing machines, fabrics and cottons. The fabrics and cottons are to make re-usable sanitary pads with Freeda Thong from EcoPads, there is a sewing-bee happening in Brisbane this weekend if you would like to help – they are hoping to make 300 sets.  Learn more about Eco Pads here.

Email Jane if you would like to get involved in any way! Or visit The Fig Tree Children website for more information.

Jane is also hosting a charity movie night for Bridget Jones’ Baby on Monday 19th September at The Blueroom Cinebar, in Rosalie Village, Brisbane. Tickets are $25  and includes the movie, a glass of bubbles and a $10 donation to The Fig Tree Children.

Book your ticket here: https://www.trybooking.com/LLSB

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Elephants for Education

IMG_2209Cambodian charity Human and Hope Association Inc have launched a crowd funding campaign called Elephants for Education selling hand-made toy elephants to fund education for kids in Cambodia.

The organisation, which recently celebrated becoming entirely locally run, aims to empower Cambodians to create sustainable futures for themselves through education, vocational training and community support.

Some of the programs offered by Human and Hope Association include English classes, art classes and preschool. Another program, which has been extremely successful, is the sewing project where women from disadvantaged backgrounds can complete a 10 month course to learn sewing and business skills.

IMG_1741This program is where Saney (pictured) learnt the skills that would enable her to start her own business. She also receives an income by making some of toy elephants for the Elephants for Education scheme.

Sally Hetherington, who has worked at Human and Hope Association for 4 years, says the campaign is crucial to funding the organisations ongoing running costs.

“HHA is achieving such great things, and this wouldn’t be possible without our generous supporters. Each and every donation makes such a huge impact and allows the committed local team to continue their great work.”

Sally is also excited that the campaign coincides with the release of Human and Hope’s adorable range of stuffed elephants.

“Not only is each elephant super cute, but each one has their own name. For example, Bopha can provide a whole month’s English education to a child” Sally says.

The campaign aims to raise $15,000 by August 25th. Buy an elephant today or make a donation on the campaign page: https://www.chuffed.org/project/elephantsforeducation

FOLLOW HUMAN AND HOPE TO LEARN MORE

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HumanAndHopeAssociation/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/humanandhope/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HumanandHope

Or email Sally Hetherington – President for more information.

 

 

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