North West Sydney
Temporary tattoos and drumming, all ways to show support for Penrith's refugees
“Refugees can carry psychological scars from their experience of persecution, violent conflict and human rights abuses. As a community, we can help ease these traumas by embracing refugees and helping them adjust to their life in Australia," said Penrith City Deputy Mayor Jim Aitken OAM
Penrith City has been a Refugee Welcome Zone since 2008 and earlier this year, Council supported a trip to Parliament House for Sudanese and Iraqi refugees keen to learn about levels of government in Australia.
“About seven percent of Australians have a parent or grandparent who came to our country as a refugee, or are themselves a refugee. Refugees welcomed into our country make important contributions that enrich Australia’s vibrant culture," said Councillor Aitken.
Locals will also get to hear refugees sharing their own stories of despair and hope.
Information stalls and a display depicting refugees’ stories will feature as part of this free event, as well as giveaways of ‘Racism - no way!’ stickers and ‘No Fear’ temporary tattoos. For more information call 4732 8096 or visit www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au.