Refugee Week celebrations

NARACOORTE celebrated Refugee Week with a special event on the weekend.

Roughly 300 people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures gathered at the high school's Williamson Hall to share stories, listen to music and participate in a variety of activities.

Feroz Ansari Afghan Music, Naracoorte Singers and the combined schools choir all provided musical entertainment before Master of Ceremonies Murray Burdett led a series of fun games.

This year's theme was "Restoring Hope" and it attracted people from several cultural groups including Australia, Afghanistan and Pakistan. A game of bingo got people mingling as did the multicultural quiz which had some tricky questions.

Sima Muhammadi, from Afghanistan, shared her journey of coming to Australia in November 2006. She said she was happy to have escaped the dangers of her home country and have the opportunity to build a life here.

Everyone was asked to bring a plate of food to share which was enjoyed by all.

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

A group of Afghan ladies had been meeting each Wednesday morning at the MRC as part of the "women's empowerment group" to help organise the celebrations.

Refugee Week was all last week and 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.