Refugee Week from 18th- 22nd June marks an important opportunity for us to embrace and support those in our communities who have fled persecution and violence in order to reach safety and an ability to live freely in our country.
To mark Refugee Week, we will be hosting a series of events at Loreto Normanhurst that aim to encourage our school community to be “seekers of truth and doers of justice” and to lend our voices in support of those who need our help.
We will be running a food drive all week to support the House of Welcome’s Foodbank who provide important emergency relief to communities in need. Click here to view the items needed. The drop off point is the LRC and the drive will run all of Week 8 and up until the Monday of Week 9.
On Tuesday at lunch we will be screening an episode of ‘You Can’t Ask That’ in the Curran Theatre in order to dispel myths surrounding refugees and asylum seekers.
On Wednesday we will have the opportunity to sign protest letters urging our government to adapt more humane policies for refugees.
Finally, our week will culminate in a wonderful Books@Breakfast event in the LRC with Dr Munjed Al Muderis, who is a refugee from Iraq and a pioneer in the field of prosthetics.
Dr Al Muderis fled Saddam Hussein’s brutality to become detainee #982 in an Australian refugee camp. Now Dr Al Muderis is a world-leading surgeon giving amputees a second chance at life. He will speak to us about his journey towards freedom and it will be an engaging, informative and inspiring morning. The Children’s bookshop will be selling Dr Al Muderis’ book, ‘Walking Free’, as well as some good holiday reading, so bring your purse if you want to grab a copy. There will also be a light breakfast.
When: Thursday 21 June
Time: 7:45 to 8:15am
Please RSVP here for catering purposes.
I know that our community embraces all of the opportunities available to show our refugee community that we are #withrefugees.
Ms Rosanne Timmins
Social Justice Coordinator
In 2012, I launched the first collection of bras and swimwear for Project Uplift at Loreto Normanhurst and we have seen our annual collection grow since that first substantial donation.
Project Uplift provides much needed bras, swimwear and underwear to less fortunate women and girls, for whom these items are a luxury they can ill-afford. All good condition bras can be used, as can swimming costumes/bikinis. Bras in poor condition may still provide spare parts and bras with only one underwire can be used by removing the remaining underwire. Large sizes, nursing bras and mastectomy bras are like gold-dust. Unfortunately, the charity is struggling to meet the costs to ship the donations to the communities in need. In response, this year we are requesting that a gold coin donation is also made along with the items.
We will be collecting your pre-loved bras and swimwear as well as brand new underwear for the rest of this term and throughout Term 3. Please mark the size clearly on the bra if the label is missing or faded. If you are sending them in with your daughter, they will need to place them in the pink wheelie bin outside GBC 1:04. We ask that items are tipped out of bags and the bags taken home for reuse. Gold coin donations are to be placed in the collection container at student services or in a sealed envelope handed to a member of the Mission Team.
Mrs Elizabeth Cranfield