Australia Day Welcome Picnic for Asylum Seekers
Sunday, January 26 2014 1.00-5.00pm
The verses of Advance Australia Fair will be sung loudly and proudly all around the nation on January 26, but they will ring especially true at a special picnic in Adelaide.
A group of church welfare agencies, AnglicareSA, BaptistCare, Centacare Catholic Family Services, Lutheran Community Care, Uniting Communities, Careworks and the Salvation Army are joining together with hundreds of volunteers to host a picnic for asylum seekers and other supporters.
These church welfare agencies already support many newly-arrived refugees living in the community and now they invite others to share and demonstrate compassion and a sense of welcoming at the Australia Day picnic – where the national anthem verse “for those who’ve come across the seas we’ve boundless plains to share” will really come to life.
The picnic is motivated by our belief that most Australians want their leaders to find a more compassionate way of responding to asylum seekers.
The fun and friendly tradition of a picnic is just one way to extend the hand of friendship and show personal support to people who have risked everything to find safety here.
The picnic itself will provide opportunities for everyone to form friendships and a follow-up event will be organised to give the local community and asylum seekers an opportunity to discuss the best way to provide ongoing support.
What should I bring?
A plate to share, picnic rug, lots of water and sunscreen. Please note this an alcohol free event.
Where is it?
Kurangga Park, Southern Parklands, South Terrace. Between Pulteney Street and King William Road.
What is happening on the day?
Games, very short speeches and a Kaurna welcome.
What else do I need to do?
Please register on Event Brite so we can have some idea of numbers and can contact you if necessary. http://www.eventbrite.com.au/myevent?eid=9854304490
For more information about the event contact David from Uniting Communities on 0419 723 204 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.