We welcome, respect and support refugees and people seeking asylum

Poetry Competition

Important announcements 

Extended Closing Date

 BR4R has decided to extend the closing date for the Poetry Competition.

The new closing date will be 31st August 2020.

Additional First Prize

 BR4R has secured an addition to the first prize.

The Saturday Paper has donated an digital subscription to be added to the $300 first place prize money.

New Partnership

 BR4R has partnered with Coolabah to publish the winners of the 2020 Poetry prize.

Coolibah is the official journal of the The Australian and Transnational Studies Centre at Barcelona University. It publishes original international literature about Australia and its place in the world, with a focus on critical engagement with contemporary issues. The journal is an open access journal.

For more details …  https://revistes.ub.edu/index.php/coolabah/index

To enter the competition follow this link – Poetry Competition

COVID-19

As the reality of the spread of Covid-19 is felt across the community, BR4R, like many other organisations, is facing the prospect of a severe curtailment of our face-to-face fundraising activity and of the temporary suspension of our Homestay programme.

We will of course continue our advocacy work behind the scenes.

We fully realise that it will be even more challenging to get public and government attention, compassion and tolerance towards those legally seeking asylum in Australia and those in limbo on temporary visas.

At present we will maintain our financial commitments to those working directly with refugees.  We have sufficient funds to continue this for a few months. If you, or anyone you know, is looking for somewhere to donate the money that would otherwise have been spent on social or recreational activities, please consider BR4R: we have a donation button below.

Please take care of yourselves so that you will be able to help others. 

why is BR4R necessary?

Unfortunately, for many years, the Australian government of the day, whether Liberal or Labor, has decided to harshly treat people seeking asylum and use them for political advantage.

This has been perpetrated under the guise of protecting our borders and preventing deaths at sea.

It has resulted in the persecution and incarceration of desperate men, women & children and a concerted effort to demonise these people to garner as many votes as possible.

This treatment is inhumane and a violation of International agreements of which Australia is a signatory.

Organisations such as BR4R campaign to change this attitude and support refugees and those seeking asylum whether they are onshore or offshore.

what does br4r do?

BR4R works on many fronts.

  • We advocate for refugees and people seeking asylum

  • We support them financially and with essential items

  • We communicate with them

  • We raise funds to enable this to happen

How does BR4R advocate?

We raise awareness via

  • organising and attending rallies and other public events

  • letter writing to politicians and the newspapers

  • talks at schools and other groups

  • information stalls at markets

  • film information nights

 

How does BR4R support refugees?

BR4R supports refugees and people seeking asylum mainly through our Homestay Project and Nauru Friendship Group.

The Homestay Project provides respite for refugees in the community by providing stays with hosts in the Ballina Region.  Many refugees are located in city areas and a short break in a regional area such as Ballina is a psychological boost for them as well as demonstrating that there are many Australians who care about their wellbeing and value their contribution to the community.

The Nauru Friendship Group communicates with those held on Nauru, forming friendships and links to assist in their ability to cope.  The group also sends essential items such as clothing, personal care items and food.

Funds are also sent via various people and agencies to both Manus Island and Nauru for such things as medical needs, food, clothing, phone credit, legal aid etc.

Get Involved

BR4R’s goal is to promote the acceptance and integration of refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia, by thinking globally and acting locally.

We do this via four main strategies:

  • Direct Support
  • Awareness Raising
  • Community Engagement
  • Fundraising & Administration.

You can help

Upcoming Events

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Our Vision

The vision of Ballina Region for Refugees is to welcome, respect and support refugees and people seeking asylum.

Our goal is to promote the acceptance and integration of refugees and those seeking asylum in Australia, by thinking globally and acting locally.

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