Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • Renewing your membership

    A message from our membership secretary Kathie Herbert Memberships are due at the end of the financial year.   You can renew via the website https://www.bmrsg.org.au/about-bmrsg/membership-renewal/ It is vital, more than ever, that we continue to support refugees and asylum seekers in need and to advocate for fair and humane treatment of people seeking asylum regardlessRead more

  • Local Tibetans thank the Blue Mountains community with a cultural celebration for Dalai Lama’s 83rd Birthday

    Local Tibetans thank the Blue Mountains community with a cultural celebration for Dalai Lama’s 83rd Birthday

    Blue Mountains locals were welcomed to a traditional Tibetan cultural celebration to commemorate the 14th Dalai Lama’s 83rd birthday last Friday at the old library in Katoomba.
    The event gave exiled Tibetans living in the Blue Mountains an opportunity to thank the Blue Mountains community and celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday with the taste, colour, music and dance of Tibet.

    There are approximately 50 Tibetan adults and children living in the Blue Mountains and many arrived in Australia on humanitarian visas. All of them are refugees or children of refugees who fled Tibet after the Chinese occupation in 1950 and made the long trek over the Himalayas to reach safety in Nepal.
    The first Tibetan refugee settled in Katoomba nine years ago and others arrived after the Dalai Lama visited the Blue Mountains in 2015. In the last six months some families have arrived directly from India on humanitarian visas. Ms Dhongdue praised the local community saying that Tibetan refugees had been ‘embraced with warmth and love’.
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  • Changing lives, changing perceptions: Young refugees from the Treehouse Theatre perform for Katoomba High

    Changing lives, changing perceptions: Young refugees from the Treehouse Theatre perform for Katoomba High

    Refugee students from Miller Technology High in Cabramatta, Sydney, shared their life stories in a Tree of Life performance for Katoomba High School on Wednesday 19 June. The students, from war-torn Iraq and Syria, were part of Parramatta’s Treehouse Theatre that provides a platform for young refugees to act out their stories of plight.
    The young refugees, aged between 12 and 17, performed in front of 700 Katoomba High School students and their teachers. None of them had been in Australia longer than 2 years, with one arriving only 8 months ago. Read more

  • A second car gets a new life and finds a new home

    A second car gets a new life and finds a new home

    Once again the Year 11 Manual Arts Students at Blaxland High School, under the guidance of automotive teacher, Shaun Halden have restored a car which would have otherwise be destined for the scrap heap and donated it to a refugee.

    The old Volvo – known as Goldie – which was donated by Rose Wilesmith of Warrimoo, was handed over to BMRSG on 8 June and will now be owned by refugee Hadi, who will use it to get to his work and also to the metal fabrication course he attends at Ultimo TAFE three nights a week.Read more

  • BMRSG Helps – From Trauma to Work Opportunities

    BMRSG Helps – From Trauma to Work Opportunities

    A little more than a year ago two members of BMRSG met with Aasha (not her real name) who had escaped a horrific situation in India with the help of friends. Once she arrived in Australia she applied for asylum. Aasha was being supported by a STARTTS counsellor, her rent was mostly being paid by a leading charity which aids refugees, so BMRSG agreed to pay her $60 per week towards the rent plus $20 for her ongoing medications and fares.

    A few months later the charity said they were no longer able to pay Aasha’s rent. So, it appeared Aasha would be on the streets. Read more

  • Latha’s Story

    Latha’s Story

    Latha and Bobbi arrived in 2013 and since that time they have established their new life by working, education and training and created a vegetable with two small children. This is a story of how one couple has managed to survive and thrive despite the difficulties that Australia places in front of those seeking asylum. Refugees do contribute. Read more