Refugee Week date announced

This year’s annual Refugee Week starts on Monday 18 June and will help celebrate the diversity and cultures refugees bring to the Hume community as well as promote resources for new and recent settlers.

More than one third of people living and working in Hume were born overseas, they come from 156 countries, and collectively speak more than 150 languages.

The purpose of the week-long celebration, which will conclude with a day of activities and food in Broadmeadows, is to raise awareness of the issues affecting refugees.

This year’s theme is freedom, and will promote what it means to be free, to live without the fear of war, to have basic human rights, and live without the fear of persecution.

Organisers, the Refugee Council of Australia, is encouraging organisations and  supporters to use the resources on its website to help showcase the journey of finding freedom.

In Hume, Refugee Week will conclude with a free event for all the family on Saturday 24 June that will feature cultural performances, games, free food, and information about services for refugees and the newly-arrived. The event will be held at the Town Hall, Broadmeadows, Dimboola Road, from 1pm until 5pm.