Saturday, 11 July 2009

Asylum seekers: out of your compassion, please help

Every second Sunday of the month, my local Meeting - Eastern Suburbs Local Meeting (Quakers) meeting at East Ringwood - collects food for distribution to Asylum Seekers. This week our Assistant Clerk, Lorel, has sent around the letter below with some interesting facts and figures.

Dear Friends,

This is just a reminder that this Sunday, July 12 is our collection Sunday for the Asylum Seekers Refugee Centre.

I have received the following information regarding asylum seekers needing help at the moment and the food and other goods that are most needed. Of course, monetary donations are also always appreciated.

Cheers,

Lorel

June STATS from the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre

No. of asylum seekers (including families) coming to Foodbank:
329
Percentage of families with no work rights or welfare:
74%
Total number of parcels distributed:
418
Number of group or individual donations:
59
Percentage of donations going to asylum seekers:
100%
Foodstuffs we need
breakfast cereal
sweet biscuits/crackers
dried fruit X
eggs
fresh fruit or vegies
honey, jam, peanut butter
long life (UHT) milk X
healthy school snacks
nuts
pasta sauce
tomato paste X
tinned fish
bread
tinned fruit or vegies
pasta
tea/coffee
spices

Other stuff we need
dishwashing detergent
razor blades
shampoo/soap
toothbrush/toothpaste
washing powder
toilet paper X
Items we are really low on are marked with an ‘X’

Items we have plenty of for the moment
baked beans
tinned spaghetti
tinned or packet soups
MissEagle
racism-free

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