St. Joseph’s Refugee Support Group Appeal

Dear Parishioners,

We are aware that the appeal for International students was well supported, but now we seek your support for asylum seekers/refugees.

Due to COVID 19 restrictions all the 2020 fund raising activities for St. Joseph’s Refuge Support Group were cancelled. Usually, within this parish we raised $10,000 a year which immediately went to families our group supports, and to the Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project (BASP) for their work with asylum seekers and refugees.

In the October BASP newsletter Sr. Brigid Arthur csb comments, “in September we paid $114,070 for rents and emergency relief. Donations were $68,854.” This leaves a shortfall of $45,216.

With no government support available for these people. St. Joseph’s Refugee Support Group makes this one off appeal for 2020. Although you have not experienced the fun of Raffles, Musical Soirees, Theatre Nights, Oaks Day Lunch etc, we ask for your ongoing support.

We appreciate that there are many people experiencing hardship during lockdown but we ask if you can possibly make a donation it will enable the great work of BASP to continue its support of asylum seekers and refugees. We thank the parishioners who have continued their support to our group via monetary donation and we look forward to the generosity of others during this one off appeal.

If you are able to make a donation the following details will assist you:

  • Cheques: should be made payable to “St Joseph’s Parish Refugee Support Group”, and sent to: St Joseph’s Parish Refugee Support Group, St Joseph’s Parish, 47 Stanhope Street, Malvern 3144. If you require a receipt, please include your name and postal address.
  • Online: Bank details: St Joseph’s Parish Refugee Support Group (CDF Account with NAB): BSB: 083 347 Acc.No. 392 506 587. Please provide your surname in the reference section. If you require a receipt, please email your name and postal address to Barry O’Reilly.
  • Envelopes containing money may be posted in the mail slot at the parish front door addressed to Refugee Support Group / Barry O’Reilly, Treasurer with your details for a receipt.