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Refugees roll up their sleeves for love this Valentines Day

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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  1. kerri

    My only hope is that this good blood will be transfused into the myriad of bad blooded “Australians” who are lacking this level of compassion and philanthropy.

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  3. New England Cocky

    Time to change Australia’s immigrati9on & refugee policies from bully-boy Scummo’s hard line ”go away you nasty coloured heathens” to a compassionate ”make your future in Australia”.
    As the COALition continues to build a 19th century Australia in a 21st century world, Australian voters need to learn from post-WWII migrant experience. Multiculturalism builds stronger communities because migrants and legitimate refugees see the opportunities available and exploit them to the benefit of their communities.
    It is time to remove the White Supremacist advisors from the Canberra Bubble and exploit the talents & abilities of this presently wasted human resource. This will create more jobs providing the necessary services, especially in regional & remote locations where metropolitan based Parliaments have religiously failed to provide equitable government infrastructure & facility spending for the benefit of Australian voters.

  4. Wam

    I am unsupportive of men who desert their families to come to Australia and bring their women later.

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