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St Martins Church, Mullumbimby, is ringing its bells every Friday to draw attention to the children on Nauru. Photo Aslan Shand

They say you shouldn’t ask ‘for whom the bell tolls’ but St Martin’s Anglican Church in Mullumbimby has been ringing its bell at midday on Friday for the last few weeks and we couldn’t resist asking why.

Parishoner Lee Archinal told Echonetdaily it is part of the campaign to get the kids off Nauru.

Last Friday it rang 22 times ‘as the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre advised that number of children remaining on Nauru as at Thursday,’ he said.

‘There are many other churches ringing their bell around the region, including in particular the Anglican Cathedral in Grafton, which has been leading the way for churches in our diocese.

Mr Archinal said that ‘there is so little we seem to be able to do about this situation’.

‘At least this is something, if only symbolic,’ he said.


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