Everyone invited to Refugee Week celebrations

NARACOORTE'S Refugee Week celebrations are a time for the whole community to come together.

A special event is being held on June 22 to complement the 2014 theme "restoring hope".

Locals and visitors of all nationalities and cultures are invited to come along to the Williamson Hall at Naracoorte High School to join in the fun.

Everyone is asked to bring a plate of food to share and there will be activities, games and musical entertainment from 2pm to 4pm.

Feroz Ansari Afghan Music, Naracoorte Singers and the combined school choir will be just some of the acts performing.

There will be a guest speaker who will share the details of their journey and a dynamic master of ceremonies.

The event is being organised by Naracoorte Migrant Resource Centre in conjunction with the Naracoorte Lucindale Council, Naracoorte Rotary Club and Naracoorte High School.

MRC regional manager Angela Malpas said similar events had run very successfully in the past.

"The whole emphasis is about sharing," she said.

"Sharing a journey, sharing music, sharing food and sharing friendship. It's really exciting - I love Refugee Day.

"The door is open for everybody to come and enjoy the afternoon - that's the message we're pushing."

A group of Afghan ladies have been meeting each Wednesday morning at the MRC as part of the "women's empowerment group".

At the moment they are helping to plan the Refugee Week celebrations.

It's an opportunity for them to practice their English skills and get involved with the local community.

They recently provided a meal for an Adelaide Food and Wine Festival event at Bellwether Wines in Coonawarra.

"Everything we do is to try to build support, independence and confidence (in the migrant community)," Mrs Malpas said.

Since Monday local schools have also been doing Refugee Week inspired activities.

Refugee Week is Australia's peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society.

It's Refugee Week all of this week; Friday (June 20) World Refugee Day.

Organising Refugee week celebrations (from left): back row - TAFE SA teacher Marie Davis, Migrant Resource Centre regional manager Angela Malpas, Naracoorte South Primary School teachers Lisa Rye and Kara Lang; front - Sara Alizada, Nooria Alizada, Shaista, Sharifa Akbari and Zarina Ibrahimi.

Organising Refugee week celebrations (from left): back row - TAFE SA teacher Marie Davis, Migrant Resource Centre regional manager Angela Malpas, Naracoorte South Primary School teachers Lisa Rye and Kara Lang; front - Sara Alizada, Nooria Alizada, Shaista, Sharifa Akbari and Zarina Ibrahimi.

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