As part of this year’s Refugee Week celebrations, the Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast have announced that they will be donating $10,000 to help Somalian refugees.
The money will go to their contact Bishop Morris Crowley in Kenya who will then distribute it to assist the growing number of refugees fleeing the conflicts in Somalia.
Social Justice Advocate Mick Brosnan said this isn’t the first time the group has helped Somalian refugees.
“Seven years ago, our first op shop was called the Somalian Op Shop and we gave $36,000 to Bishop Crowley to distribute. Then in the second year, myself, John Liston and Vin Bray went over to Kenya and took a further $58,000 with us,” he said.
Despite the years that have passed, Mr Brosnan said Somalian refugees who are continuing to flood into Kenyan refugee camps because of famine and civil war.
In previous years, money has gone to building a toilet block and dormitory at a hostel for handicapped children as well as setting up a trust for young mothers many of whom had been raped and subsequently persecuted. However, Mr Brosnan said this time the money will go to food and blankets into the refugee camps on the boarder of Somalia in Kenya.
“I want to make it clear that 100 per cent of the money is for refugees, none goes to Bishop Crowly and none goes to the Catholic Church,” Mr Brosnan said.
The Advocates are now hoping the community will help to build on the $10,000 with a tax deductible donation, call Mick Brosnan on 0410 697 229 or Gavin Bell on 0411 564 120.