|Creativity students celebrate diversity by preparing & delivering meals to refugees. - 31 July 2015|
On Thursday 28 May and 4 June, twelve Year 9 students accompanied Ms Tamara Richardson to the Mercy Community Services Romero Centre for Refugees at Dutton Park.
Our Home Economics teacher, Mrs Donna Shepherd, asked us to design and prepare a meal for a refugee family as part of our term two Home Economics’ project in ‘Celebrating Diversity’. The purpose of our visit was to deliver these meals that would be distributed to families in the local community.
The Romero Centre is a refugee and asylum seeker support agency that was established in 2000. The Centre provides weekly activities including a men’s group, workshops to prepare refugees for work, a women’s sewing group and a play group for children. They also offer legal support including migration support and assistance to complete the immigration forms.
During the visits we were greeted by the centre’s coordinator, Marcella. She explained the origins and importance of the centre. The centre prides itself as a place of welcome, where a cup of tea and a biscuit are always on offer. The overall goal is to meet the unmet needs of people from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds such as Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Burma, Sudan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Pakistan and many other countries.
Having the opportunity to embed the Catholic Dimension of Service into our learning and to extend the Benedictine Value of Hospitality to these families has helped us all to understand that it is possible to make a difference to people in our community. Knowing I have made a small contribution to these families has inspired me to continue this legacy and to continue to look for opportunities to Step Forward in the future.
Ebony Massa 9A