Not So Good News Stories

Thanks to Buddies supporters who helped us with this campaign.

This was a crowdfunding campaign for a Sri Lankan family who have had their bridging visa, Centrelink and Medicare support cancelled.


The family is now in desperate need of financial support since their federal court hearing has been adjourned until October 2019.

THE GOAL WAS $12 000

UPDATE 23 AUGUST 2019  --  CURRENTLY $8,912

                       THIS APPEAL IS NOW CLOSED


Thanks to all who have donated so  generously

This particular family from Sri Lanka is in urgent need of financial assistance........

The family fled their war-torn country and came to Australia by boat. For ten years they were kept in community detention, supported by our government, but denied assessment and the right to work.

For five years before the birth of her first child, Viji volunteered at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, operating the mobile library. During that time she also sewed 1000 headscarves for cancer patients. Husband Ramesh also volunteered there as a front of house valet and wheelchair assistant. Both are blood donors.

Viji and Ramesh – their story

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In April 2018 they were finally granted a bridging visa, which allowed them to work. Within two weeks, Ramesh found two jobs, and worked both day and night. From April until November he paid $6000 in income tax.

However last year in November, without explanation, the work visa was cancelled, along with Centrelink and Medicare support! Since then, Buddies, assorted charities, friends and we ourselves have helped them financially with rent, electricity, food, and schooling for two children, but now their federal court hearing has been adjourned until 22nd October 2019.

What we need

$12000 is the estimate of what will be needed to cover the family’s expenses up to the date of the hearing in October. The funds raised will be used to pay rent, electricity, gas, food and school expenses for the children.

2018 Buddies Refugee Support Group

Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia


 PO BOX 367, Buderim 4556


 0412 673 028 or by email