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)