Creating a home with the help of a community

Zach was filled with hope on being granted a visa that allowed him to stay in Australia and to rebuild his life in safety. Then he found himself facing another life-threatening challenge of cancer. Surgery and post-operative treatments took their toll, so when an affordable unit came up he was in no shape to find all that was needed for him to settle into his new home.

Alerted by his Caseworker,the Blackwood – Hills and Rapid Response for Refugees Circles joined forces to collect and move in all the essentials on the recent Commonwealth Election Voting Day. This included a bed and side table from a family who were downsizing, whitegoods and sofa from Blackwood Lions, TV, cutlery, crockery, cleaning items and fresh food. Later donations of a floor rug and curtains which were sewn together by a friend of Zach’s added a homey touch to the place.

We are still looking for dining table seating six and a small, comfortable armchair (contact us if you can assist with this). Zach is very happy with his new home. He and Circle of Friends extend a huge thank you to all of you whose interest, donations, goods and cash brought this about.



“Paul*” – An Update

A few moths ago we posted an appeal to support an Asylum Seeker who was without income (read full appeal here). As promised here is and update on his situation. There’s good news and not so good news.

The initial decision was that Paul did have grounds to Appeal his rejection for a Protection Visa. Unfortunately he was again rejected and faces the possibility of return to his home country.

He has one last option which he is exploring currently.

As said previously, Paul is also dealing with a chronic illness which requires ongoing medical supervision. He lives on a budget of only $200 per week. He pays $130 rent, spends $10 on transport and puts aside $60 per week for food. Mobile phone and other costs come from a small emergency payment received monthly from an Aid Agency.

He has been greatly encouraged by the donations made specifically for him since this Appeal was first made. There have been enough, so far, to support him until the end of July. All of the money donated goes directly to his account.

Circle 110 is still seeking donations on his behalf. At present there is no information about a further Appeal but it is clear his precarious situation will continue into August.

As before, all you have to do is use our secure Give Now donation page  with the reference of “110 Paul.”

A huge thank you to all who have contributed so far. You are giving moments of relief and happiness as well as helping with survival.

*name has been changed to maintain privacy and to ensure there are no impacts on his appeal for asylum.


Appeal: Help Paul* remain in his home

The Rapid Response for Refugees Circle (Circle 110) receives a number of referrals from specialised Refugee Support Agencies including STTARS (Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service), Australian Refugee Association (ARA) and the Red Cross for immediate practical assistance and comfort to people who are very vulnerable and in desperate need. We are contacted as a last resort where the Support Agencies can’t find the necessary financial or practical support for clients. So we are aware of the need to provide immediate assistance.

Paul* is one of the people who has been referred to us. At the start of the year he had his application for a refugee visa refused and subsequently had his Centrelink income terminated. Paul is entitled to appeal the visa refusal and is currently doing so. However until the appeal is heard he has to live without any income. This appeal has been postponed by the Government twice now. Our circle has been supporting Paul for the past few months but is now finding it difficult to continue. If you can help please make a donation now using reference of “110 Paul”.

“Paul” who is also dealing with a chronic illness which requires ongoing medical supervision, lives on a budget of only $200 per week. He pays $130 rent, spends $10 on transport and puts aside $60 per week for food. Mobile phone and other costs come from a small emergency payment received monthly from an Aid Agency. Circle 110 has been providing the $200 per week but we are struggling to continue to meet this relatively small amount each week and meet all out other commitments.

We are looking for a few people who can contribute to his support until his appeal in June this year. All you have to do is use our secure Give Now donation page and with reference of “110 Paul.”

If things get better for Paul there will be an immediate update on this site and you can review your donation (subscribe to our News updates to receive email notifications of new news items). Amounts over $2 are tax deductible.

If you would like more information on this case contact us.

*name has been changed to maintain privacy and to ensure there are no impacts on his appeal for asylum.


Urgent Appeal: Afghani Girls Volleyball is in need of funds to play

In order to participate in competition this year, the Afghani Girls Volleyball teams need your support.  They have been up and running for some time, thanks to their dedicated coach, Rasoul Ahmady sourcing most of the necessary funds. However, this year, membership fees are still needed.

We need to raise $2680 to enable 3 teams to play in this 2019 season.

Apart from fitness, participation in sport improves individuals’ social and team skills while exposing young Afghan women to aspects of Australian culture and vice versa, with the consequent breaking down of barriers.
 
Tax deductible donations can be made via our secure GiveNow account. Please add referene of Circle 110 to ensure funds go towards this appeal.


A Short Burst of Joy

Fifteen months ago this young women was sent to outer Adelaide from Nauru to give birth. She was sent without her husband and knew no one in Adelaide. A number of people from Circles of Friends, other support groups and their friends, have worked hard to ease this women’s journey into motherhood and settling into a foreign land all alone. Recently they were delighted to be able to turn this young Mum’s dream 1st birthday party for her daughter into reality!

Finding pink and white balloons, sweets and candles, icing pink and white cakes, then pumping up 100 pink and white balloons are not normal Circle activities but it certainly generated lots of happy moments. And we now know many variations of “Happy Birthday”! Rest assured that donated funds were not used, only lots of Circle energy and imagination.

It was joyful for us to be able to take the time to celebrate a young life before returning to the more sombre Circles of Friends work of supporting refugees and asylum seekers in and around Adelaide who have no or very limited income and are not permitted to work. If you would like to support this work please consider a contribution to Circle 110, donating through our secure GiveNow account. We appreciate every donation small or large – they all contribute to directly helping someone in need.

Trish Dundon, Convenor Circle 110 (Rapid Response Circle)