Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • BMRSG Works – Refuge for woman and child in need.

    BMRSG Works – Refuge for woman and child in need.

    Before Christmas I requested help for a Punjabi woman and her child who was in a desperate
    situation. Within 10 minutes of making the request I had my first offer of accommodation for her.
    Meg, from Katoomba offered a lovely room for 3 weeks. This wasn’t just accommodation it was the
    hand of friendship, a non-judgemental environment where her confidence could be restored. There
    was love, laughter and tears. The outcome is a friendship forever.
    No words could possibly convey the gratitude that we all owe to Meg.
    The next step of the journey has begun.Read more

  • BMRSG Works – Christmas Present from Blaxland High School Students

    BMRSG Works – Christmas Present from Blaxland High School Students

    The joy of giving and the satisfaction of being involved in a worthwhile project coincided recently.
    Chris Cather and Hugh Clarke, Year 9 students at Blaxland High School, helped prevent a much loved but ageing Nissan Pulsar from going to the wreckers and instead turned it into a treasure for a low income refugee.
    Chris and Hugh together with teacher Shaun Halden, grabbed the opportunity to give the car a new life. This was exactly what Sarah Emerson and her son, Owen, had in mind when they gifted the car to Blaxland High School for use in the Metal and Automotive program for Years 9 and 10Read more

  • A Well Grounded Fear; 10 Years On.

    A Well Grounded Fear; 10 Years On.

    On Tuesday 5 December 2017 Kathie Herbert and Roger Grealy represented BMRSG at a seminar conducted by the Edmund Rice Centre (ERC).
    The Edmund Rice Centre hosted a film screening and discussion – A Well Founded Fear: 10 years on – What’s happened since? Where to from here?
    The Australian Government sends back people it doesn’t think are refugees. But the Government never finds out what happens to the people it rejects.
    10 years ago, filmmakers followed Phil Glendenning as he tracked down several deportees to find out how they were faring.Read more

  • Refugee stories discussed at Blackheath

    Refugee stories discussed at Blackheath

    About 60 people filled the Bates room at Blackheath Community Hall on Sunday afternoon to hear about  a book written by refugees on their experiences in off shore detention centres. They Cannot take the Sky.
    A BMRSG contingent was there, Joy Connor, committee member and Villawood Visitor gave an excellent overview of the work of BMRSG  and urged all to “stand up for a decent Australia.”Read more

  • Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time

    Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time

    Today I attended the world premier today of Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time at the Sydney Film Festival.   It is one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen.   As an Australian I feel ashamed, complicit and appalled.
    Iranian-Kurdish journalist detainee, Behrouz Boochani and an Iranian-Dutch filmmaker, Arash Kamali Sarvestani, made this film with footage shot on a mobile phone.
    It is a unique record of daily life on Manus Island detention centre.
    Also a list of some of Behrouz Boochani’s articlesRead more

  • Work of BMRSG – Tavam’s shoes

    Work of BMRSG – Tavam’s shoes

    Ever wondered just where BMRSG spends the most welcome donated money. Let me share a story with you.

    In November last year Tavam’s children were attending the swimming school we were running. Tavam accompanied the children and in this delightful non-threatening environment Tavam told me about his well-worn boots. They were issued in detention years ago and have been his only footwear . These are not ordinary boots but boots with specialist built up sole on one shoe. Read more