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Refugee Week: we've all got a contribution to make


This year during Refugee Week Red Cross is telling the stories of refugees and asylum seekers making a positive difference in communities across Australia.

Monday June 20, 2016

Refugee Week: we've all got a contribution to make
Sarmed was ten years old when he arrived in Australia with his family, looking for a safer future. He's now a leader in his community in regional Victoria and is inspiring a new generation of kids to contribute to theirs.

Australian Red Cross knows that refugees, asylum seekers, and other migrants bring skills, knowledge and strengths with them when they arrive in Australia. Many are keen to share their experience and are making a difference in their new communities as leaders and volunteers.

Volunteer Sarmed came to Australia as a boy when his family fled Saddam Hussein's Iraq. He's now a leader in his community in regional Victoria where he volunteers for Red Cross, leads a Muslim youth group, and is inspiring a new generation of kids to contribute to their community.

Sarmed puts it simply, "To give something back to the community that helped me get to where I am today… it's just the least I could do."

Refugee Week is an opportunity to recognise the role we all play in welcoming refugees and asylum seekers and understanding their stories.

Australian Red Cross knows that nearly half of all Australians are personally willing to help make a difference in the life of a refugee or asylum seeker.

This includes helping someone to learn English, helping someone to find a job or helping with everyday tasks, like navigating the public transport system, opening a bank account.

At Red Cross we hear countless stories of how people and communities across Australia are pitching in to lend a hand and help make a difference in the lives of recently arrived migrants. We hear of people volunteering their time, businesses offering their resources, and communities contributing to make a difference.

Across the world and right here in Australia, Red Cross volunteers and staff are helping to make a difference in the lives of refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants.

What can you do? Read the stories and find out more about how you can make a difference at redcross.org.au/RefugeeWeek

Refugee Week coincides with World Refugee Day (June 20). Find out more about Refugee Week

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