16 C
Byron Shire
September 21, 2021

Putting our money where our mouth is for an Afghan family

Latest News

September 21: NNSWLHD COVID update and Byron-Tweed lockdown

The Northern NSW Local Health District held a press conference at Lismore Base Hospital this afternoon.

Other News

Speech pathology student numbers soar at SCU

The number of domestic applications for the undergraduate speech pathology course at Southern Cross University have increased 79 per cent compared to the same time last year.

The old slouch hat

‘This is my favourite,’ we say espite the painfully obvious fact that we all, from time to time enjoy a wide variety...

COVID update includes trial of home quarantine

When media were told that NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian would be at today's 11am update, we expected big news – the Premier said last week she would only attend the updates if it were important news.

Local mum features in documentary about the impacts and possible solutions around suicide

Murwillumbah mum Ursula has lived every parents worst nightmare – her child, at the age of just 17, took his own life – and a lot of time and energy, questions and conjecture and finger-pointing can rumble around this, but at the end of the day Ursula’s precious boy is gone and he’s not coming back.

Update: Abandoned vessel, Burleigh Heads – owner found

Police are seeking urgent public assistance to help identify and locate the owner of a seemingly abandoned vessel.

Thank you Mayor Lyon

Thank you, Mayor Lyon for highlighting the risks in having visiting film crew, real estate speculators and the like...

The horror the people of Afghanistan are living through makes us ask ourselves what can we possibly do to help? The Ballina Region for Refugees (BR4R) offering the opportunity for anyone to support an Afghan family.

This family is in great danger in Afghanistan. The family of six, including four children aged between two and 15 years, is trying to find a way to leave their country on an Australian Offshore Humanitarian Visa. If successful, BR4R will sponsor them to come here and support them to settle in this region.

The sponsorship is in partnership with Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) who is organising help for a number of families and individuals.

The sponsorship includes a commitment by BR4R to fund airfares for the family, welcome them at the airport, provide their accommodation on arrival, assist the family to find permanent accommodation and to support their integration into our local community.

A funding challenge

Co-ordinator of BR4R’s Resettlement Group, Stanley Yeo, said this commitment will be a funding challenge. ‘We’ve experienced such great generosity from the community in the last two years, in providing support for refugees in detention, that I’m confident that people will help with this too.’

The family are Hazara Afghans who have a long history of being persecuted by the Taliban. That, combined with their particular occupations, have made them targets of the Taliban. The family is in hiding in Afghanistan, and very fearful for their lives.

BR4R is hopeful they will be able to welcome the family soon, but the process is long and fraught. The Department of Home Affairs has been urged to fast-track processing of the family’s application. Assuming the family receive their humanitarian visas, the next critical step will be to secure a way for them to leave Afghanistan. BR4R are working with RAR to explore travel options.

BR4R invites donations to assist this family at br4r.org.au/donate-2.

If you feel you could support with accommodation or any other settlement needs that the family may have, please contact Ballina Region for Refugees: [email protected]

Also in our region, the Uki Refugee Project is sponsoring two Afghan individuals in partnership with RAR. For more information, please contact [email protected]

Previous articleNext disaster
Next articleHappy for me to die?

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 22 September, 2021

Please check, at the end of lockdown to see whats on.

Speech pathology student numbers soar at SCU

The number of domestic applications for the undergraduate speech pathology course at Southern Cross University have increased 79 per cent compared to the same time last year.

BREAKING: Byron and Tweed shires go into week-long lockdown

Stay-at-home orders will be introduced for the Byron Shire, Tweed and Kempsey Local Government Areas (LGAs) from 5pm today for seven days due to an increased COVID-19 public health risk.

Ballina charity ball to raise funds for men’s mental health

Locals will have the chance to support local men with their mental health when the Night of Hope Charity Ball takes place in Ballina on October Ball.