Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2018
More Kindness, Less Politics

More Kindness, Less Politics 

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I have signed up to run the marathon in the Sydney running festival in support of the Asylum Seekers Centre. This organisation is one of many that recognises asylums seekers as vulnerable people and provides legal, practical, nutritional and educational support to those people in need. We should treat vulnerable people who have asked Australia for refuge from horrendous situations with kindness, not exploit there pleas for political gain. I have never run 42km before so i'm not yet certain I can! but I am getting my Forest Gump on and training hard because I believe in the work this organisation does and I believe we need to start thinking and talking about asylum seekers differently. As a compassionate and extremely fortunate nation we can do better by our fellow humans. If you are able to make a donation to this wonderful organisation, you can do so by donating to my page. Any amount you can give makes a difference! You can also support me by encouraging others to get involved, too. Please email the link to my page to your friends and family, or share it on social media. Thank you for your generosity and support -- it means a lot to me. Together we can help Asylum Seekers Centre create the world we want to see. Elise xx

About my team: The Village People for ASC

We are raising much needed funds for Asylum Seekers Centre by participating in Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2018. The work of Asylum Seekers Centre is really important and we want to do what we can to support them. You can help, too! Please donate and share this page. Any amount you can give makes a difference! Thank you for your generosity and support! - Tamara Treleaven, team captain

About my cause: Asylum Seekers Centre

What we do

The Asylum Seekers Centre (ASC) provides practical and personal support for people seeking asylum living in the community. Our services include casework, accommodation, financial relief, health care and counselling, employment assistance, education, advocacy, food and recreational activities.

The Asylum Seekers Centre supports people who have applied for protection here in Australia and are awaiting an outcome. This can take months to years. The uncertainty and waiting can be stressful - even agonising. Many people have fled situations of great danger and constantly live with the uneasiness that one day they may have to go back if their application is not successful.

ASC exists to support people through their application process and to help individuals and families settle into the community while they wait. We help people to navigate their new surroundings and connect them with important networks so they can have access to accommodation, healthcare, employment, food and social networks.

Connecting people with the community goes a long way to help reduce feelings of isolation, loneliness and stress. It is incredible how resilient and courageous people can be in adapting to a new life and going through the process of securing a safe life for their families and themselves.

Our vision

Australia opens its heart to people seeking asylum. Recognising our shared humanity with those seeking safety in Australia, we extend our welcome, respect and support. We are a stronger and more vibrant country as a result.

Our purpose
* To provide support and services for people seeking asylum to enable them to become independent and valued members of the community.
* To advocate for a supportive policy and service framework that recognises the rights and needs of people seeking asylum in Australia – regardless of how they arrive.
* To create a welcoming and supportive community – involving people from all walks of life in our work while building understanding of asylum issues and support for people seeking asylum.

About Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2018

The 2018 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival is an iconic event with a spectacular course that includes a run over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and a finish at the Opera House. The festival will be held on September 16, 2018 and features a marathon, half marathon, bridge run and a family fun run - so there is something for everyone. 35,000 runners are expected to participate in 2018.

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