AIRAR is an active refugee group in Aireys Inlet sub-region of the Surf Coast in Victoria. Its work focuses on three key areas:
1. Refugee Support
A range of activities are undertaken to support refugees, particularly those in the Geelong region. This includes English language classes held twice weekly at the Cloverdale Community Centre; monthly contributions to the foodbank at the Wesley Asylum Seeker Welcome Place in Geelong; a range of recreational activities including camps and picnics; and a scholarship program for refugee students at the North Geelong Secondary College.
2. Community Awareness
A stall is regularly run at the Aireys Inlet market which provides a vehicle for community education. Other events organised by AIRAR to increase community awareness have included film nights, musical soirees, and book launches, and a regular event is held at the local primary school during Refugee Week.
AIRAR also undertake a number of fundraising activities, including its major event, Aireysistible. All money raised goes towards supporting asylum seekers including a scholarship program, emergency relief, phone cards for people on Manus Island, and contributing to legal fees for local asylum seekers applying for visas.
3. Policy and strategy
AIRAR’s major focus to effect policy change on the refugee issue is through letter writing. Each month a letter or postcard is prepared about a pressing issue, which is then sent out to relevant politicians by over 50 RAR groups across Australia. AIRAR has also been involved in many campaigns to work towards change, with particular emphasis on Federal elections and party conferences.
GET IN TOUCH
Meetings are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month, starting at 1.30pm. New members are always welcome.
To join or for further information about Aireys Inlet RAR please contact – [email protected]