The Bounce program, partnered with AMES and the Refugee Council of Australia, was part of the refugee week launch on Monday 18th June 2012. The star newspaper (a local newspaper in the South-East region of Melbourne) wrote an article and also included a picture of some of the Bounce team members who were present on the day. Click here to view the article!
The launch was put on by the Refugee Council of Australia, who have done an incredible job in helping refugees settle and serving the community over the years. With more than 140 organisational and 500 individual members, the RCOA promotes the adoption of flexible, humane and practical policies towards refugees and asylum seekers through research, advocacy, policy analysis and community education. With a slew of eye-opening statistics, CEO Paul Power enlightened us of the challenges ahead for millions of asylum seekers around the world, and his belief that Australia has a lot more to offer. C8 and Bounce would love to give a big thank you to the Refugee Council Of Australia for giving us an opportunity to be part of the Launch of Refugee Week!
We helped launch the week by interviewing new Melbourne Heart recruit and former refugee Gol Gol Mebrahtu. Gol Gol shared with us his story, and how he believes sport can play a major role in the integration of refugees to the local community. Gol Gol also was receptive to the idea of mentoring for newly arrived refugees, and expressed his desire to help with our program in the future. It was a great experience for all, most especially for our mentee Hussein who is a huge soccer fan. Special thanks to Gol Gol for coming down before training and also the Melbourne Heart football club, who are A-league leaders in community work and engagement.
So, together with AMES and the Refugee Council of Australia, let us reflect on Henry Ford’s quote “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” Let’s keep it going guys!