Get involved and help celebrate Refugee Week 2019!

A world of stories

Share a meal

Refugee Week is an incredible opportunity for the whole nation to celebrate the contribution refugees make to our society, while raising awareness, remembering and honouring the often perilous journey that refugees have taken to reach Australia.

For many Australians, Refugee Week provides an opportunity to meet a refugee for the first time. Through storytelling we have the chance to educate the Australian community to better understand the courage and contribution that refugees make in our society.

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.

Therefore, we are asking you to ‘Share a meal, Share a story…’ 

Share a meal

Food is one of the greatest ways we can bring people together and share our cultures with others. That is why this year’s theme for Refugee Week is ‘A World of Stories’ where we are bringing food to the focus and asking you to ‘Share a meal, share a story…’

We are encouraging businesses, community groups, schools, and individuals to hold a food event (breakfast, morning tea, dinner) where they can hear stories from this year’s Refugee Ambassadors, while sharing some of their favourite meals. This can be done by either inviting a refugee to your event, watching a video on our Refugee Week Ambassadors or reading their stories at the event.

One of this year’s Refugee Ambassadors is Rnita Dacho from Syria. 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 and the stories of others please visit our Ambassadors section on this website.

Share a meal

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 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 more than 200 organisational and over 900 individual members. It’s a completely independent (we do not receive government funding) non-profit organisation that seeks to promote fair, humane policies for refugees and people seeking asylum.

Whether it is with your work colleagues, church group, book club, sports team or choir, start planning your Refugee Week Share a Meal, Share a Story today!

How to host a Refugee Week ‘Share a Meal, Share a Story’ event:

Register a Share a Meal, Share a Story event below.

After registering, you will receive a host pack including instructions for hosting an event, 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 available in both print and digitally on the website.

If you’re still not quite sure, check out the FAQs to learn more about it!

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

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