Tim Costello helps Sanctuary's vision

Local organisation Sanctuary Northern Rivers, which is well-known for re-settling Sudanese refugees, is now broadening its scope to include Asia and help some of the 900,000 Burmese refugees without a home.

To help raise funds for this valuable work, Sanctuary is holding a major fundraising dinner next Friday, March 9, with World Vision CEO Tim Costello (pictured) as the special guest.

Since becoming head of World Vision Australia in 2004, Mr Costello has added his voice to the campaign for the eradication of global poverty. He has not hesitated to call Australias political leaders to account for their lack of initiative on aid and debt relief, saying that you cannot win a war on terror or climate change without winning the war on poverty.

To date Sanctuary Northern Rivers has helped around 60 people from Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo leave the notorious Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya and start new lives in Lismore. While they study, work or raise families in their new home, they gradually pay back their travel loans to Sanctuarys revolving fund, so that more refugees can be sponsored.

Tickets for the gala dinner at the Lismore Turf Club are $60 per person or $100 per couple, which includes a delicious meal and entertainment by local jazz singer Liora Claff and pianist Peter Harris. There will also be a free drink on admission and a charity auction. For bookings, contact Mary on 6625 2196 or Katherine on 6629 1031.

Tim Costello will also be speaking at another dinner in Ballina on Monday, March 12, to raise money for the Lismore Soup Kitchen and various Rotary charities. Held at the Ballina Turf Club, it includes a three-course meal, prize giveaways, entertainment and live auctions. Tickets are $55 each or $400 for a table of eight. To book phone Natalie Bell on 6628 7218.

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