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Out, about: a group aimed at giving people with disabilities the chance to learn to surf is
planning to run an event in Inverloch.
Disability Surfers Association will hold the session on February 14, and volunteers and
participants are welcome. Beach wheelchairs, wetsuit socks and aids provided.
Disability Surfers Association is a charity run by volunteers. To find out more, contact
Stuart Yates on 0411 476 478.
Come, get it: St Peter’s Opportunity Shop
in Leongatha held a new year sale on Friday,
with discounts on the already cheap range of
clothing, books, videos and other items. Among
those volunteers helping were, from left,
Bruce Fidler, Coral Johnston, Heather Calder,
Anna Kenny, Jade Kenny, Jorja Kenny, Kaye
Littlejohn, Linda Fiddelaers with granddaughter
Luka Fiddelaers and Karen Fidler.
Playing around: Jess Trewin, Loch, of Barn Buddies Animal Nursery introduced a guinea
pig to sisters Sofie and Emma Van Der Heide of Hobart, Tasmania, at Inverloch Lions Club’s
Twilight Community Farmers Market last Wednesday. The girls were visiting their aunt Lor-
raine Walker of Inverloch. ► More market photos on page 28.
Remembering him: members of South Gippsland Rural Australians for Refugees gathered
under the Mine Whistle in Wonthaggi to reflect on the life of dead refugee Faysal Ishak Ahmed.
REFUGEE advocates last Tuesday (Jan-
uary 3) held a vigil for an asylum seeker
who died at Manus Island Refugee Camp
on Christmas Eve.
South Gippsland Rural Australians for Refugees
gathered under the Mine Whistle in Wonthaggi to
hear how refugee Faysal Ishak Ahmed fought to stay
alive to be able to see his family again.
He leaves behind him a wife and three year old
son Mazim in a Sudanese refugee camp. Faysal
had been forced to flee the militia in his mother-
land which had murdered several members of his
family, raped his sister and wanted to recruit him as
The refugee group heard his health deteriorated
over three years in the camp, despite seeking medi-
The advocates laid flowers around Faysal’s pho-
tograph, lit candles and held a minute’s silence.
Group members join thousands of Australians
in asking the Federal Government to close offshore
“The boats are no longer coming. We push them
back when they do. The people on Manus and Nauru
islands need to be brought to Australia and the asy-
lum seekers assessed for refugee status and the refu-
gees allowed to live here in the peace they seek,” the
group’s Felicia Di Stefano said.
“We join with the men in Manus Camp to ask
the government to hold a royal commission into the
death of 27 year old husband and father who died
seeking our help under our protection.”
People are welcome South Gippsland Rural
Australians for Refugees by contacting Felicia via
LIFELINE Gippsland relies on the gener-
ous donations from the community mem-
bers to stock its seven op shops across
The money generated supports the 13 11 14 Cri-
sis Line for people experiencing a difficult time.
Lifeline has a problem with people dumping rub-
bish in and around donation bins, which means the
charity bears the cost of disposing of these items.
In some cases Lifeline has to remove its bins
and lose the opportunity to receive donations,
which affects stock levels and the income it gener-
ates to support the community.
Lifeline does not want unusable or broken
goods and rubbish is not a donation.
Ask yourself: would you give this item to a
family member or friend in need (that is, it’s clean,
undamaged and of a good quality).
Donate direct to the op shop during operating
hours or call to arrange pick-up for larger items.
Put rubbish and damaged items in your rubbish
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