GRIFFITH REFUGEES WELCOMED WITH OPEN ARMS
Around 80 people gathered in Griffith last week to celebrate the contribution refugees make to the community, with Mayor John Dal Broi reinforcing the city’s commitment to being a refugee welcome zone.
The special Refugee Week dinner was held on Thursday 21 June, 2018 at the Senior Citizens Centre, with guests sharing a wide array of delicious cultural foods from their homeland.
During the gathering Mayor John Dal Broi extended a warm welcome to refugees in Griffith and beyond.
“We are happy to welcome more refugees here in Griffith because we know what valuable contributions they make,” said Cr Dal Broi.
“More work needs to be done to ensure we have adequate accommodation and services available here and this is something we are looking closely at.
“I want to thank those who have chosen to live in Griffith, our community is richer for having you here.”
General Manager Brett Stonestreet said the dinner was a chance for locals to share their personal stories.
“It was a great night and I thank those who attended. Griffith City Council has been approached to participate in Amnesty International’s My New Neighbour campaign that aims at helping more refugees set up a safe home in local communities,” said Mr Stonestreet.
“We live in a world where people have no option but to flee their homes and countries and rely on the kindness of strangers to help them start again. Refugees and migrants have always made a positive contribution to our community and economy and Council is investigating how we can be part of the My New Neighbour campaign.”
Centacare Southwest, Settlement Grants Worker Joanne Fitzpatrick, said the night was a big success.
“It was a fantastic night. I would like to thank Griffith City Council for their support of the event and acknowledgement of refugees in Griffith,” said Ms Fitzpatrick.
“I also want to acknowledge the service providers and volunteers who worked hard to make the event a really good evening. There were so many wonderful elements with everyone being so generous bringing things on the night.”
The Dinner was held in collaboration with STARTTS, Centacare Southwest, Sprinkles Playgroup, Griffith City Council, Wellways, Intereach as well as community volunteers.