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Save Our Seekers  👕100% of profit from our merch going to support people seeking asylum & refugee initiatives. 📲fb/twitter: @SaveOurSeekers

A colleague shared this with me recently, and for some reason, it has really struck me.
Perhaps it’s the image of nostalgia, generosity and compassion all merged into one. Regardless, its relevance is timely, during this climate when much innocence is being discarded under our watch. A loss so great and unrealised... #bringthemhere #childrenseekingasylum

When the ‘C-Word’ is seen as a threat, our values need a check... #compassion 🤦🏻‍♀️ @theagephoto @judyhoracek @icamebyboat

Everyone Deserves A Piece Of The Pie 🥧 -
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Imagine this:

1,700 entries
350 bakeries
8 years of hard work - to perfect ones craft.
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This brother had never even tasted an ‘Australian Pie’ before arriving in our land of plenty, however, he soon came to love the warm and flaky pastry with a gooey filling, which he now appreciates just as much as any other Aussie.
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ABC News excerpt @abcnews_au : -
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He slept in his car for two years while he juggled full-time work and more than 30 hours of study per week.
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"I worked at night, I started at 2am in the morning and finished at 8 o'clock and I started class at 9 o'clock," Mr Khun said. "At midday I always had a 15-minute break and I slept in the car.
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Congrats on the well deserved win! We love these kinds of stories 😉🙏
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#PieForEveryone #congrats #realaustralianssaywelcome #kyneton

As fellow global citizens and humanitarians, can we put our hands on our heart and commit to these principles? Live and breathe. -
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The things we can achieve and gain should we work towards getting the basics right... we owe it to ourselves. The dream starts here, my brothers and sisters.
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Thank you for your words @MarkAurelius and for your share, @dailystoic -
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#inspire #aspire #dream #contribute #humanity #sos

More Than Just A Meal.
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There could not be a more perfect way to spend our evening on World Refugee Day 2018, than to delight ones self amongst wonderful food and company in an initiative which supports and employs our four brothers (not related) whom are seeking asylum here in Australia.
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We were lucky enough to make it down to Ceres (Brunswick) during one of Melbourne’s freezing nights to taste a warm and spicy meal prepared, cooked and served with love and humility. -
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@tamilfeasts , a unique concept which supports asylum seekers over dinner (#Vegan and #Vegetarian friendly). The food-phenomenal… the atmosphere-glorious… the experience-moving and memorable… highly recommend their dine-in, take away, pre-packaged and as well, catering service. You will not be disappointed, if anything, you will be inspired.
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Follow their journey and stay connected with upcoming events on Facebook, Instagram and the Web.
Not to mention, look out for a feature article due out soon by @peppermintmagazine who also happened to be there on the same night as us!
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#seekingasylumisahumanright #courageandcurry #tamilfeasts #morethanjustameal #melbourne #brunswickeast #ceres #asylumseekers #refugees #welcome #refugeeweek #worldrefugeeday2018

When our fellow brothers and sisters share our very same sentiments... we thank you 🙏 for seeing the world as it should be seen...with a whole heart 💚

Beautiful words by @shakieborgunwall

World Refugee Day 2018


My dear brothers and sisters. Today we stand with you in mind... We hope to be brave enough in time, to stand beside you, without fear or judgement.


#worldrefugeeday #refugeeweek #standup #SOS

THE VOTES ARE IN!
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Wow! What an exciting campaign! We didn’t quite make it through to first place with our entry, but we certainly put in a hard slog…
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Thank you to everyone who joined in on the campaign to vote and assist us with raising more votes. I am extremely grateful for all the encouragement and loyalty displayed during the last several weeks.
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The great news is, we got an honourable mention in third place, and I am very proud of that. There has also been a lot of kind words and much admiration expressed towards the portrait of my beautiful mother, which has made me smile on many occasions.
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Some of you also queried about the cause we had selected to pledge the prize money should we have won.
@pianoproject_au are a wonderful local group of people who are doing some really amazing work within our community with immigrant children. Their concept is unique and so innovative. You really must follow their work and contribute where you can to keep the torch lit.
And if you want to contribute in a different way, we recommend you follow their progress with their joint project @temporubato_au - a live music bar and performance space that will soon be popping up in Brunswick, Melbourne.
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Once again, thank you to all our supporters, friends, family, colleagues and fellow humanitarians…. -
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And finally, special mentions to my sis (from another Miss) @leedawriter , who has pledged to donate $50 towards Piano Project to show her support of our campaign and the cause. Just beautiful! Thank you, sis.
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#PianoProject #SOS

Last Chance To Vote!


Firstly, a MASSIVE thank you to all my friends and colleagues who have been so amazingly supportive of this campaign. I’ve had so many people come forth, expressing their excitement about our race to the finish line. Many of my dear friends have been pestering and spamming their network, all for a very good cause of course.


The latest update; we are currently in second place at 460 LIKES (the leading photo is at 495). The aim is to gain the most LIKES to win.


You still have time to help get us in front.
The photo competition closes this Friday 6th June, so get LIKING if you haven’t voted yet. And if you have a spare moment to share it with your circle, please do so. Just make sure everyone knows to click open the photo before they LIKE it to ensure the vote is registered correctly. •

If the photo entry #112, Mama Tran-In Mint Condition (featured in the Picturing Footscray 2018 photography competition) wins, the $500 AU prize money will be donated to @pianoproject_au to support their work with young immigrant children.


Let’s get those LIKES in! [the link to the FB page for voting is in the bio]


Thank you for your continued support everyone!


#PianoProject

ASRC Winter Food Drive: Last But Not Least!


Wow! Just when I thought we were done, we had some more generosity rain upon us today, and just in time before our delivery to Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) tomorrow morning.


Thank you to the beautiful mum and son team, Ellen and Zac for their delivery of groceries today!
Also, we had more monetary funds donated to purchase groceries on behalf of @merrintorpy , Anh Vu and anonymous. $100 AU in total this time. •

For those wishing to contribute to the @asrc1 Winter Food Drive, you still have time.


For the first time, the centre will be opening its doors on a Sunday (3 June 2018) to welcome your donations.


Here’s how you can help. •

1. Deliver your donations this Sunday 3 June 2018 (8am-1pm)


2. Refer to the attachment to make sure your donation falls in line with what is actually needed


3. If you want to learn more about the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)
and what they do, you can find them on Facebook, twitter, Instagram and the web: https://www.asrc.org.au/


Thank you for your kindness.

ASRC Winter Food Drive: THANK YOU!


You had a small window of time to pull together and you did so with such success!
A massive thank you to all friends and colleagues who helped deliver this whopping load of love.


For those wishing to contribute to this tremendous cause, the ASRC Winter Food Drive, you still have time. Below are all the details you need to do so.


The @asrc1 (local grassroots organisation) do really amazing work with people seeking asylum. The organisation relies heavily on the support of the community instead of government, and this is where you come in.


For the first time, the centre will be opening its doors on a Sunday (3 June 2018) to welcome additional donations. The urgency is due to the declining level of resources which is fast creating a challenge to feed and clothe some of our most vulnerable families this winter.


Here’s how you can help.
1. Deliver your donations this Sunday 3 June 2018 (8am-1pm) •
2. Refer to the attachment to make sure your donation falls in line with what is actually needed •
3. If you want to learn more about the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC)
and what they do, you can find them on Facebook, twitter, Instagram and the web: https://www.asrc.org.au/


Thank you for your time and support, always.


Special mentions to the following people who generously donated all of the following items including monetary funds ($180):


Jade, Jo-Anne, Carol, @clarelaine77 , @a.l.y.s.s.a.c.h.a.u , Chad, @tape_modern , @ctropea21 and Mama Tran.


I will be delivering all your goodies this Sunday!

Picturing Footscray 2018: Now Onto The 2nd Round. •

Co Founder, Hong Tran, recently entered 'Picturing Footscray 2018' photography competition with the intention of pledging the prize to @pianoproject_au .


Unfortunately, our photo submission titled, 'Mama Tran - In Mint Condition' did not make it though 1st round.


The event was a success with many entries this year; totalling 170 participants from all various levels of creative photography experience. The very first event in 2016 took in 90 submissions.


The good news is there is still another chance to WIN, in the 2nd round ‘People’s Choice’.


Below are the instructions on how to VOTE for the 'People's Choice’ round, which you can begin doing on the morning of Friday 18th May, 2018.


INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1: Log into your Facebook account
Step 2: Type ‘VU in the community’ into the [Search] bar at the top of the screen to find the Facebook page.
Step 3: Head to the ‘Picturing Footscray 2018-People’s Choice’ photo album and locate the photo numbered # 112, titled ‘Mama Tran - In Mint Condition’, by photographer named, Hong Tran
Step 4: The most important step of all - hit that ‘LIKE’ button, because each ‘LIKE’ counts as a VOTE.
The aim is to get as many ‘LIKEs’ as possible to win the ‘People’s Choice award to claim the $500 AU.
Note-the link to the FB page is in the bio above. Otherwise ‘SWIPE’ left for more instructions on how to boost your vote.
Step 5: We love it when people share, so please go ahead and ‘SHARE’ the post amongst your network to help us raise as many votes as possible. •

Although the initial goal was to WIN the grand prize ($1,000 AU) in 1st round; to help support Piano Project’s work with immigrant children within Melbourne’s community. We are still hoping to win the 2nd round ($500 AU) with your support, with the full prize going to @pianoproject_au . So please get voting!


Thank you in advance!


If you got any questions, please post below.
And if you want to learn more about Piano Project you will find them on the web, FB and Instagram too! •

#VoteForMamaTran

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