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Residents are being encouraged to help celebrate the positive difference refugees make to the community in Griffith this week.

Refugee Week 2018 runs from 18 to 24 June and provides the chance to celebrate those refugees who have made a contribution to the city.

To mark the week in Griffith a dinner will be held on Thursday 21 June from 5.30pm at the Senior Citizens Centre, Canal Street. Guests are asked to bring along food to share.

Centacare Southwest, Settlement Grants Worker Joanne Fitzpatrick said, the week was an opportunity to acknowledge the refugees living in Griffith.

“This week is about recognising that we have refugees living along side of us. A lot of people don’t realise their circumstances or the journey to get here,” said Ms Fitzpatrick.

“The idea of this dinner is for people to come together to get to know one another better and to promote acceptance.”

Centacare Southwest was a successful recipient of a Griffith City Council Community Grant to assist in hosting the Refugee Week event.

STARTTS Community Development Worker Laura Johnston is also urging residents to celebrate. 

“Griffith is such a multicultural city so it’s a great opportunity to show how welcoming the community can be to those seeking refuge,” said Ms Johnston.

“It’s about celebrating the positive contributions refugees make.”

Mayor John Dal Broi said it was important to mark Refugee Week in Griffith.   

“Each one of us has a responsibility to ensure people forced to flee from their homes can live with dignity and with hope,” said Cr Dal Broi

“Refugee Week provides an occasion for refugees to celebrate the new lives they are establishing here and for us to show our support.”

The Refugee Week Dinner is being held in collaboration with STARTTS, Centacare Southwest, Sprinkles Playgroup, Griffith City Council, Wellways, Intereach and a number of community volunteers.

The theme for this year is #WithRefugees. For more information about the Refugee Week Dinner contact Joanne on 0428 439273.