Easter is a time of year that we gather and spend time with our family but there are some who don’t have that option.
Each year thousands of asylum seekers arrive in Australia, often escaping unspeakable horrors and seeking a safer life. They come with little more than the clothes they are wearing, hopeful to be recognised as refugees so they can begin to rebuild their lives.
Helping families fleeing violence
We only have to look at the heartbreaking stories that emerged from Syria recently to grasp a tiny bit of the desperation families feel when they flee their homelands for a safer country to raise their children.
Asylum seekers arriving in Australia have often fled to escape the daily threats of gunfire, bombs and the impossibility of being able to keep their children safe from the violence that surrounds them, they are left with no choice but to flee. Quite often they arrive knowing very little or no English and are battling to live with severe physical and mental scars from the horrors they have escaped.
Thankfully, not-for-profit organisations such as the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre are dedicated to helping refugees in Australia by providing programs, advocating on their behalf and gathering donations to help provide them with food and clothing.
With Easter almost upon us, ASRC chief-executive-officer Kon Karapanagiotidis recently posted a practical list of ways we can all help provide asylum seekers with their most urgent needs. They have even made the whole process easier by enabling you to be able to make your food and goods donations through online ordering at Coles or Woolworths.
Here is what they have requested:
- Tinned fish in oil
- Dishwashing liquid
- Laundry powder
- UHT full cream milk
- Raw nuts and seeds
- Tomato paste
- Basmati rice
- Coconut cream
- Dried and canned fruit
- Biscuits – sweet and savoury
- Peanut butter
Fruits and vegetables
- Gift cards (Coles, Woolworths, Big W and Kmart)
- Smart phones with chargers and international calling cards
- Socks and underwear (new only)
- Large pots and pans (good condition)
How to donate
- Order online with Coles or Woolworths and have it sent to 214 Nicholson St, Footscray, 3011 between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday (large deliveries can be directed to rear garage opposite 46 Albert St, Footscray)
- Send toilet paper to Who Gives A Crap
- You can be a food sponsor by choosing an amount to donate weekly or monthly
- Contact ASRC Foodbank via email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Donations can be taken direct to ASRC at 214 Nicholson St, Footscray, 3011 between 10am and 5pm, Monday to Friday
Other collection points include:
- Ceres Visitor’s Centre
- Elwood and St Kilda Neighbourhood Learning Centre
- Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre
- Found and Sound
- Alphington Community Centre
You can find more information in the ASRC post below: