March – June 2020
Our avocado fundraiser

by Kendall Snowden and Scott Grimmett

After 13 consecutive Sunday mornings, starting on 22 March, we picked the last of the “reachable” avos on Sunday 14 June. Up an extension ladder perched precariously on rocks with an extension picker needing both hands was certainly not for the faint-hearted, let  alone elderly!!
     Scott Grimmett’s most generous donation of both avocados and custard apples enabled us to work through Covid 19 despite all the restrictions and continue to do some fund-raising for Buddies when other avenues were shut down. Grand total for 2020 is an all-time record... $3685!!

 

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Reports 2019

23 October 2019​
Nambour screening of new documentary Against Our Oath, Nambour

Report by Gillian Duffy

The film screening at the Majestic Cinema Nambour was a great success, with 113 people attending. Audience member and Buddies stalwart, Margaret Norris commented “The film was excellent. I find that I’m still reflecting on parts of it nearly a week later”.

   Suzi Yuki, who saw the film in Noosa said ”I was so touched by that film - I can't stop thinking about it and talking with friends and anyone else who wants to listen!”

 

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21 October 2019
Queensland premiere of Against Our Oath, Noosa

Report by Gillian Duffy

The Sunshine Coast Refugee Action Network hosted the Queensland premiere of the documentary “Against Our Oath” by award winning film maker Heather Kirkpatrick. Filmed over four years, the documentary follows the ethical conflicts that erupt for doctors after the Australian government overrides their clinical decisions made for refugee patients.

    Ms Kirkpatrick said she was first drawn to the subject of medical ethics after reading a story in mid 2015, about the nationwide doctors’ protests against the Border Force Act.

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23 - 27 September 2019
Learn English Holiday Program
Immanuel Lutheran College, Buderim​

Report by Lesley Willcoxson

The September 2019 Learn English Holiday (LEH) program involved the largest number of participants we have yet hosted – 52 people from 10 different countries (Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan, Burundi, Syria, Tibet, Myanmar, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Their length of time in Australia ranged from one month to 30 months, and their English language levels ranged from absolute beginner to advanced.

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September 2019
2019 Festuri Multicultural Festival 
Cotton Tree, Maroochydore

​Report by Gillian Duffy

 

The Festuri Multicultural Festival was once again a lively event with dancers from Brazil to the Cook Islands, stall holders from Sudan and human rights activists from Camaroon to name just a few of the cultures represented. The Sunshine Coast Refugee Action Network had a stall with volunteers from Amnesty and Buddies.

There was an activity for young (and the young at heart) to make posters with messages of support for the Tamil family from Biloela, still in detention on Christmas Island.

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June 2019
Refugee Week Community Film Festival, various venues

​Report by Gillian Duffy

 

One of the main objectives of Refugee Week and the SCRAN Film Festival was to raise awareness in the community of refugee issues and the existence of refugee advocacy organisations on the Sunshine Coast.

    With over 400 people attending the eight screenings, over 260 petition signatures, 26 Bulletin sign ups and 16 new members, not to mention at least 7 newspaper articles so far, the Film Festival has been a huge success in terms of raising awareness. It has also raised over $1,200 for the Cisarua Learning Centre, the Refugee Council of Australia and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

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7 - 12 April 2019
Learn English Holiday Program
Matthew Flinders Anglican College, Buderim

​​Report by Margaret Norris

 

This was the 7th course we have run totally ourselves and we believe that it was again a most successful week.

The report highlights the numbers and range of different groups in our Sunshine Coast community who have been involved. We had 26 participants from 5 different cultural/national backgrounds and they were hosted by 13 families on the coast. All participants, except one student from St James College, were referred by MDA and matching people with homes was done by Kayla Szumer. There were two children in the group this time.

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9 April 2019
Noosa Welcomes Refugees Dinner
Raj Indian Restaurant, Noosaville

​​Report by Gillian Duffy

Noosa Welcomes Refugees hosted a dinner at the Raj Indian Restaurant in Noosaville on Tuesday evening with guest speaker Jason Scanes. Almost 40 people packed the restaurant to hear Jason, a former army captain, who since retiring from the defence force has established the first Australian charity for veterans and interpreters assisting Australia in combat. 

    Jason has guest lectured at UNSW on the human rights of combat interpreters and spoke passionately on the theme of courage, mateship and compassion - core Australian military values. 

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23 March 2019
Harmony Day 2019
Cotton Tree Park , Maroochydore​​

Report by Gillian Duffy

To celebrate Harmony Day, the Sunshine Coast Council organised Voices of Harmony at Cotton Tree Park, Maroochydore. It was a truly multicultural event with singing, dancing, drumming, stalls and a fashion show, all representing countries from around the globe.

    Our Pacific Island neighbours were strongly represented with Fijian and Hawaiian dancing, Tongan singers and stalls selling handicrafts from Papua New Guinea.

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12 March 2019
SCRAN meeting with Hon Stirling Hinchliffe MP, Minister for Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs
Sunshine Coast

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Let's make the Sunshine Coast LGA a Refugee Welcome Zone (RWZ)

Several SCRAN members had a very productive and energizing meeting with Minister Hinchliffe, while he was visiting the Sunshine Coast as part of the QLD Government’s Governing from the Regions initiative, to inform him of SCRAN’s campaign to have the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area declared a Refugee Welcome Zone (RWZ).

6 March 2019
Screening of 'Border Politics'
Majestic Cinema, Nambour​​

The Sunshine Coast Refugee Action Network (SCRAN) recently hosted a sold-out screening of the Border Politics documentary at Majestic Cinemas, Nambour. The documentary follows human rights and refugee advocate and barrister, Julian Burnside AO QC, as he traverses the globe examining the harsh treatment meted out to refugees by most Western democracies. One of the audience members, Emeritus Professor Henry Nix AO, commented afterwards “It is the best documentary film I have ever seen – and I’ve seen a lot!”

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2020 Buddies Refugee Support Group

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