Together we raised $30,410 in support of the ASRC.
Thank you to all that attended our Asylum Seeker Resource Centre Charity Dinner on Saturday July 28.
The ASRC is an independent not-for-profit organisation, whose programs support and empower people seeking asylum to maximise their own physical, mental and social well being.
Every year, the ASRC advocate for, support and empower over 4,600 people seeking asylum with the provision of support, food, housing, material aid, medical assistance, legal aid, counselling and employment services.
Stones of the Yarra Valley proprietors Steve & Vonnie Frazer look are delighted to announce that together with your support, we raised over $30,000 in support of this incredible organisation.
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is both a place and a movement.
The ASRC is an independent not-for-profit organisation, owned and run by a community of volunteers and supporters. Based in Melbourne, The ASRC offers more than 40 holistic programs that protect people seeking asylum from persecution and destitution, support well-being and dignity, and empower people to advance their own future by providing them with the opportunities they need to live independently. Each year, the ASRC assists over 4600 people seeking asylum and is supported by a network of more than 1000 volunteers and 100 staff.
As a movement, the ASRC mobilises and unites communities to create lasting social and policy change for people seeking asylum in Australia.
From little things, big things grow
The ASRC began in 2001, when Kon Karapanagiotidis, then a teacher, discovered that people seeking asylum were living in the community with virtually no basic support. This led to the creation of a student-run and community funded Foodbank which was launched from a tiny shop in Footscray with only a few boxes of food. That same year, the ASRC was established on 8 June 2001.
As an independent, community-led organisation the ASRC is in a unique position to advocate for the human rights of people seeking asylum, exempt from the pressures of government or the private sector. For this reason, the ASRC has been able to take a leading position in the opposition of Australia’s asylum seeker policy, while offering alternatives to issues faced by people seeking asylum and refugees.
Today, The ASRC is the largest independent human rights organisation for refugees and people seeking asylum, delivering more services on the ground than any other independent asylum seeker organisation in the country. Their work on the front line with people seeking asylum enables them to effectively advocate for, and alongside people with lived experience.
The ASRC’s front line services include food and material aid, healthcare, legal aid, support services, education and training, employment pathways and empowerment programs and community engagement.