Get involved and help celebrate Refugee Week 2019!

A world of stories

Refugee Week is an incredible opportunity for the whole nation to help celebrate the contribution refugees make to our society and also raise awareness about their journey. It’s also an opportunity to challenge inaccurate and negative stereotypes about refugees.

For many Australians Refugee Week provides an opportunity to meet a refugee for the first time. Storytelling provides a great way to do this. The sharing of stories is an opportunity to not only remember and honour the often perilous journey that refugees make but also to educate the Australian community to better understand the courage and contribution that refugees make.

Given that there are 68.5 million forcibly displaced people worldwide as of June 2018, the need to draw attention to the challenges facing refugees is incredibly urgent. We are on a mission to engage more Australians in Refugee Week than ever before in 2019.

Whether you are an individual, advocate, organisation, politician, company, school, faith or community group, you can get involved and also help us raise much-needed funds for our work supporting refugees.

Share a meal, share a story…

Food is a great way to bring people together. Whether it is with your nearest and dearest, work colleagues, church group, book club, sports team or choir, start planning your Refugee Week Share a Meal, Share a Story today!

This year’s theme for Refugee Week is ‘A World of Stories’ and we are bringing a food focus to this theme through ‘Share a meal, share a story’ encouraging businesses, community groups, schools, and others to hold a food event (breakfast, morning tea, dinner) and hear stories from this year’s Refugee Ambassadors (and share their favourite meals).

One of this year’s Refugee Ambassadors is Rnita Dacho. Rnita and her family arrived to Australia from Syria via Lebanon in 2015. Rnita and her mum Khochibo Warda feature on our Refugee Week poster this year. To read Rnita’s full story look under our Ambassadors section on this website.

By holding a Refugee Week Share a Meal, Share a Story event you are helping us raise awareness about both the plight of refugees and also their contribution to our country. You are also helping raise funds to support the critical work of the Refugee Council (RCOA).

RCOA is the peak body in the refugee sector with hundreds of organizational and thousands of individual members. It’s a completely independent (we do not receive government funding) nonprofit organisations that seeks promote fair, humane policies for refugees and people seeking asylum.

How to host a Refugee Week Share a Meal, Share event:

  1. Register your interest by emailing refugeeweek@refugeecouncil.org.au
  2. You will receive a host pack including instructions for holding an event, recipes and stories from our Refugee Week Ambassadors, talking points about refugees in Australia and globally and a fundraising envelope for you to raise funds from your guests for RCOA. Resources are both print and available in digital on the website.
  3. The host then sets a date and invites your team/staff/etc.
  4. You can ask people to cook some of the meals that the refugees provide, or you could just skip the meals and listen to the stories!
  5. Everything you need for the event is included in the host pack.

Anyone can get involved with Refugee Week. We would love to have you on board!