26.7 C
Byron Shire
January 28, 2022

Putting our money where our mouth is for an Afghan family

Latest News

Dr Kerry Chant COVID-19 stats update for January 21 to 27 and local update

NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant gave her weekly COVID-19 stats update this morning during Premier Dominic Perrottet’s press conference.

Other News

Check a charity’s status before donating to a good cause

It wouldn't be the first time generous people have been scammed by fake charities and in the wake of the Tonga disaster, Australia's charity regulator is urging a quick check before donating.

Vale Craig McGregor, 1933 – 2022

‘Craig McGregor was one of the blazing stars in the Australian intellectual and cultural firmament. For more than 60 years he wrote about everything from politics, class, popular culture, surfing and architecture to love, sex, desire and marriage.'

Alcohol free zones extended in Ballina Shire

A group of theoretically temporary alcohol-free zones in Lennox Head, Alstonville, Ballina and Wardell have been extended until 2025, despite rumblings of discontent from some Ballina councillors.

Lismore Citizen of the Year 

Recognising her tireless work in helping people living with Parkison’s Disease Di Lymbury was awarded Lismore Citizen of the Year. 

Editorial – Fake, fumbling and fabricated

Morrison’s incompetence, however, is epic; it seems to derive from his belief that God has appointed him to rule in these end times, so that it is impossible for him to be wrong.

Gratitude

I join with Lynne West, Gerry Gleeson, and Magenta Appel-Pye (Letters, December and January) in asking The Echo to...

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

Richmond Valley Council Citizen awards

The contribution made to the Richmond Valley community by its citizens was recognised on 26 January through a range of awards and most particularly through the award of Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year. 

How depression makes people vulnerable to misinformation

A US study has found that people suffering from depression are much more likely to believe misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.

Countbacks or by-elections for Ballina?

Cr Rod Bruem's first appearance in the Ballina Council chamber saw an attack on ALP candidates who narrowly failed to win seats in the recent local government election, with the councillor claiming it would be undemocratic for a countback to include 'rejected' Labor Party candidates if another councillor was unable to serve during the next 18 months.

Community building and disaster resilience

If you’ve ever wanted to be a volunteer, the Community Carers and Responders might be where you can lend a hand.