Asylum Seekers Community Lunch July 2014
On 30 July 2014, the Australian Relief Organisation launched its Asylum Seekers Community Lunch Program.
On this occasion working in collaboration with the SSI (Settlement Services International), the ARO facilitated the provision of lunch to over 200 asylum seekers at the Auburn Centre for Community.
About this activity, Chief Executive Officer; Cihan Tumen made the following remarks:
“Many asylum seekers are struggling with complex issues in Australia, as they are a long way from their family and support of their homeland community.
Living on bridging visas, they are also isolated from our local community with no work or study rights as well as no travel concession entitlements. Hence, many are experiencing financial hardship in Australia.
As the Australian Relief Organisation, we are very interested in assisting the asylum seekers and help them successfully blend in to our community. In this regard, we are pleased to work in co-operation with community organisations; such as the SSI or the Settlement Services International.
Today, we co-hosted a community engagement activity with the SSI which is called “The Community Kitchen” which brings asylum seekers together in a relaxed and social environment. As this activity combats social and cultural isolation, we wanted to partake in it.
I would like to especially thank Mrs Sima Vatandoust, Case Manager at the SSI and Ms Trina Soulos, Regional & Community Engagement Coordinator at the SSI for working in collaboration with our organisation to provide this lunch to asylum seekers and their families today. We welcome them to our country and wish them the best endeavours in Australia.”