Circle of Friends Australia Inc.

Hills Circle of Friends 9 - Refugee Support

We are strong network of individuals offering hope and help without judgement to people who are seeking asylum. Our vision is for South Australia to become a state where refugees can live and be nurtured in a sense of safety and belonging within our community. Your tireless hard work and generous support makes fantastic achievements possible.

Your donation will help us with:

Youth education

We are funding young asylum seekers on bridging visas to study at TAFE or university. People on bridging visas have to pay full international student fees even though many families are refused work rights and receive a reduced Centrelink allowance. Your money provides a focus and hope to young people whose future is uncertain at an important time in their development as young adults.

The Sister Pat and Lesley Walker Fighting Fund

At the age of 75 Sister Pat studied to become a migration agent. At 82 she works 12 hours a day, 7 days a week helping refugees apply for visas or be reunited with their families. She does this free of charge. Your money will go to refugees who are ill, can't work and can't afford to pay the application fees which have grown by 40-50% over the past two years. Lesley Walker our Adelaide Hills dynamo has been a long standing member of the Hills Circle of Friends and a true friend to asylum seekers in Australia. Your money will help Lesley with her outreach work in South Australia and interstate which she does without payment. Lesley also volunteers her time to supporting Sister Pat's work.

General advocacy and support

Your donation will help us respond to appeals from the Red Cross and Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service (STTARS). They have refugee clients who are struggling financially due to trauma and ill health. Your donation will help pay for training courses for refugees getting started in the work place, buying items for pregnant mums, young people who need a laptop for their studies or purchasing materials to fill people's time as they languish in detention centers in Australia and off shore.

Contact Details

31 Drivers Road
SUMMERTOWN SA, 5141

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.