The 100,000 for Refugees initiative (launched 19 June, 2016) has been developed by the Archdeacon for Parish Partnerships, St Paul’s Cathedral, Anglicare, and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.
The campaign invites 100,000 individuals to make a positive contribution to the welfare of refugees and other migrants who have settled in Melbourne by donating a minimum of $1 (donations of $2 and over are tax-deductible). These supporters are then encouraged to be proactive in the community by becoming involved with the wonderful work and ministry already occurring through the agencies and parishes of the Diocese. The money raised will be used to strengthen and support that work.
Funds raised will be primarily directed into three existing programs:
- Anglicare’s provision of emergency housing for refugees.
- The Brotherhood of St Laurence’s skills training programs for refugees and asylum seekers.
- St Paul’s Cathedral’s free English Conversation classes.
In addition to this, we will offer financial support to projects undertaken by parishes in the Diocese to assist refugees. These may be existing programs in need of strengthening, or new projects that meet the Parish Project requirements as per the Migrants and Refugees Settlement Fund Guidelines.
You can donate online via the Melbourne Anglican Foundation. When you get to the second page of the form, make sure you select ‘Migrants and Refugees Settlement Fund’ in the first drop down menu, and ‘St Paul’s Cathedral 100,000 for Refugees’ in the subsequent program menu.
We encourage all to get on board with this initiative – even the smallest donation of money or time can contribute to making a big difference!