Refugee Week: A K-12 appeal

BTGG 20190613 Refugee Week Logo

Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual activity to inform the public about refugees and celebrate positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. The first Refugee Week events were organised in Sydney in 1986 by Austcare. In 1987, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) became a co-organiser of the week, which became a national event from 1988. In 2001, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) coordinated the first World Refugee Day. The 2019 theme for Refugee Week in Australia is #WithRefugees.

The Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) is the peak body supporting 200 organisations and 900 individual members who work to support the needs of refugees. You can read more about the work of the RCOA here. One of the organisations supported by RCOA is the House of Welcome at Granville. The House of Welcome provides support for asylum seekers living in the community by providing practical assistance in a variety of different ways. One such means includes their Food Bank where those with limited or no income can access familiar and nutritious food, as well as other important non-food items.

How can we help? The shelves very quickly run dry and the House of Welcome has trouble keeping up with the demand. In response, SCEGGS is running a K-12 food and non-food item drive in the last weeks of term, beginning on Monday June 17. More information about the House of Welcome can be found here

It would be wonderful to deliver in abundance to the House of Welcome at the end of term. Items are specified below by year group. Thank you in anticipation for your generosity.

Distribution of items

Year Group Item(s)
K-2 Honey, jam
3-4 Canned tuna (in oil), canned tomatoes, canned chickpeas, canned corn (not creamed), canned fruit
5-6 Instant noodles, basmati rice
7 Savoury biscuits
8 Shampoo & conditioner

Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush

10 Sugar, flour
11 Laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid
12 Coffee, tea, cooking oil

Please note: We pay heed to the wishes, habits and palates of those receiving our donated goods and respectfully request that you do not supply soup, baked beans or tinned spaghetti.

Margaret Nilon, Social Justice Coordinator and
Year 8 Form Classes