Eat, drink, be merry and give hope to refugees

If youre looking for somewhere to have a lazy breakfast, lunch or coffee this Sunday, November 12, why not head to Caf de Mer in Lennox Head and help local refugees.

This Sunday Caf de Mer is holding Sanctuary Day, with 100 per cent of every bill going straight to Sanctuary Northern Rivers.

Sanctuary Northern Rivers assists refugees to settle in the local community and to date has helped 50 African refugees escape barren refugee camps and make a new life on the North Coast.

The organisation helps the refugees come to Australia by providing an interest-free loan for travel costs. The families then repay the loan and the money is recycled to relocate another family and give them hope for a better future.

According to Sanctuary president, Michael Douglas, the refugees who are currently in the local area have taken to their new lives with gusto finding work, engaging in study and sharing their culture with the rest of the community. Michaels sentiments were echoed by Caf de Mer owners, Brian and Corinne Nash.

That they have found the strength and courage to forge ahead and thrive despite the tragic and violent past they have experienced is an inspiration to us all, Corinne said.

Michael thanked Brian and Corinne for their generous support.

This type of selfless gesture on behalf of one of the most successful businesses in the region seems to typify the ongoing willingness of the community to warmly support the settlement of refugees locally.

Michael said he hopes a number of the Sudanese refugees will be at the caf on Sunday so people can meet the regions newest arrivals.

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