By Jane Salmon
Who: A dozen refugees and their supporters who have joined the Lifeblood donor team called “10,000 Refugees Contributing to Australia”.
Craig Foster, Humanitarian, Former Socceroo Captain, Broadcaster.
Graham Thom, Amnesty International Australia.
Professor George Newhouse, human rights lawyer.
Where: 22-30 Oak St Rosehill NSW (near James Ruse Drive). Gathering outside Lifeblood.
When: Valentine’s Day Wednesday 14 February 11am.
Refugees in Australia are redefining their Valentine’s Day goals. Instead of roses, they’re rolling up their sleeves to donate blood under the “10,000 Refugees Contributing to Australia” campaign. They’re all about love, but not just the romantic kind. They are spreading it by giving back. Each is aiming for a future where they can call Australia home, hug their families without fear, and maybe even start new ones.
Nasir from Sydney, despite facing his own challenges, is leading by example. He is swapping roses for blood donations: all while dreaming of a day he can use his IT degree freely.
Some refugees who have escaped bloodshed are now in the position to save lives. This is their heartfelt initiative.
This act of love is not entirely reciprocated.
There is not much love lost between refugees who have spent a decade on temporary visas and the Immigration Department.
Our message: Refugees give blood, sweat and tears. Perhaps Cabinet can give kindness.
Join the Lifeblood team this Valentine’s Day to share love that goes beyond borders.
Refugees challenge all Australian politicians to donate blood or plasma, too.
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