Give Hope for Asylum Seekers - Easter Voucher Appeal
Following on from the great success of last year’s appeal, and with conditions for refugees in the community worsening, we're looking to the kindness and generosity of church members and the wider community for the 2017 Easter Voucher Appeal. All vouchers and gift cards donated will be handed to our partners at Settlement Services International and provided to Uniting Church representatives working hard for refugees in their local communities. The appeal is a wonderful opportunity for you to provide material aid for refugees and make a practical contribution.
Individuals are invited to take part in the appeal as an expression of all that Easter represents for us - the renewal of life and creation and the inauguration of a new world.
Getting involved is easy
Getting involved in the appeal is easy and a great way for you to get your congregation, family, friends, colleagues and community involved in social justice action around Easter time. Simply:
- Purchase a gift card or voucher to the amount of your choice. This could be a supermarket or department store voucher or even a gift card for a pharmacy, cinema or sports store
- Send the voucher/s to: Give Hope Team PO Box 7137, Silverwater NSW 2128
- Spread the word about the appeal and connect with us via social media to see how your contribution has made a difference in the life of a refugee or asylum seeker.
Download and share
Spread the word about the Easter Voucher Campaign on your social media pages. You can download a variety of graphics here.
About the Campaign
The campaign is an initiative of the Social Justice Forum on behalf of the Synod and our partners.
It was founded in response to growing church and community concern about how refugees and people seeking asylum are being treated in Australia and in offshore detention.
The campaign aims to grow compassion and respect for people seeking asylum, raise awareness about their plight and help provide practical support to help those living in the NSW/ACT community.
In the midst of a global humanitarian crisis forcing millions from their homes, we’re calling on the Australian government to increase its humanitarian intake, end the inhumane and cruel offshore detention regime and establish a new regional protection framework.
As a global citizen and a signatory to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, Australia has a responsibility to do more to provide refuge and protection to those who desperately need it.
More people are on the move than ever before.
As a result of war and terror, there’s a global humanitarian crisis of 65 million forcibly displaced people.
According to UNHCR, every day, around 34,000 people are forced to flee their homes to escape violence and persecution.
In 2015 alone, more than 300,000 refugees and migrants, mostly Syrian people seeking safety from a brutal civil war, fled to Europe.
Those who seek asylum are ordinary people - forced to take great risk and show extraordinary courage to survive unimaginable terrors and leave their homeland to find safety and build a new life for themselves and their families.
These people have much to offer our community, if we allow them to “call Australia home”.
Every human being has the legal and moral right to seek safety and asylum - regardless of their origin, race, language or religion. In the face of the current humanitarian crisis, a global response is needed to protect and uphold these rights.
So, what has been Australia's response?
The Give Hope campaign is one way of responding to this crisis.
We work within the Uniting Church and the wider Australian community to advocate for change - for better laws and policies to help people live and flourish, with a chance to make their own luck in our Lucky Country.
Your support is vital to this campaign.
By getting involved, you’re adding your voice to the call for change.
A small commitment of time and energy can make a world of difference.
You can donate to an appeal, write to a Member of Parliament, hold a Table Talk or even join in on the discussion on social media.
Find out how you can get involved
For resources and more background information please go to our resources page