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Byron Shire
February 28, 2021

Main Arm School raises cash for refugees

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Students at Main Arm School got busy during Refugee Week, fundraising $325 by selling cakes to purchase phone cards for asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru.

As part of the event, Meg Pickup from Ballina Region for Refugees presented to students from year 3 upwards and parents.

Principal of Main Arm Pubic School Virginia Pavlovich said, ‘We were delighted to welcome Meg Pickup to our school, who made such a thought-provoking presentation about her organisation and what our school can do to help refugees.’

‘It was interesting to gain insight of what it’s like to arrive in Australia as a refugee and be in detention both on and offshore,’ she added.

The School’s Representative Council (SRC) organised the event to increase their knowledge on the issues refugees face. One of the students organising the event was Sophie, a social justice minister on the SRC:

She said, ‘We were really pleased with the amount of money raised by the sale of cakes as we really wanted to help asylum seekers call home and speak to their families who they miss dearly.’

‘We hope to organise further fundraisers throughout the year but Refugee Week seemed like a great time to kick off the campaign.’

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