Help the Romero Centre and Adderton celebrate Refugee Week 2020 by sharing your welcome and support for refugees and asylum seekers in our community by contributing to the Paper Boat Trail.

This activity is inspired by the artwork, Asylum Seeker, by current Adderton Artist, Sha Sarwari.

Make a simple paper boat (using the instructions below) with either current or past newspaper articles highlighting refugee and asylum seeker issues or plain paper if newspaper clippings aren’t available.

Instructions (CLICK HERE)

Add to the boat, messages of welcome for refugees and asylum seekers in this ‘Year of Welcome,’ the 2020 Refugee week theme.

Take a photo of the boat with visible messages and post a photo on Facebook and or Instagram tagging @MCRomeroCentre and @addertonbrisbane with the hashtags: #PaperBoatTrail #RefugeeWeek2020 and #Solidarity.  Tag and nominate a friend to also share their support for refugees and asylum seekers by making and sharing their Paper Boat Trail creation. If you are not on social media, please email your image/s to hello@adderton.org.au and we will add them to the virtual flotilla of boats in the #PaperBoatTrail.

What you will need:

  • Either a newspaper or print out of a current news article highlighting refugee and asylum seeker issues.
  • 1 spare piece of paper
  • Pens (coloured if possible)
  • Scissors
  • Toothpick or wooden skewer (optional)

Want to know more?

The Romero Centre is a place of welcome and sanctuary inspired by the mission of Catherine McAuley and Oscar Romero to courageously and creatively serve the most marginalised, and consequently the most vulnerable, refugees and people seeking asylum. Accordingly, the Romero Centre deeply values the mutually restorative power of: mercy; inclusion, upholding human dignity; active community participation; providing a voice to the voiceless; and compassion. To find out how you can help, visit the Romero Centre website or click to donate.

Sha Sarwari is a multidisciplinary visual artist who came to Australia as a refugee from Afghanistan in 2000. His work speaks of a place that exists between two worlds, longing and belonging, with a pointed reference to the political discourse around refugees and migration, identity, place, memory, nationhood and personal lived experience. View Sha’s Refugee Week 2020 endurance project Against the time through his daily live streamed walks on Facebook, you can read about this project in The Age and visit the ASRC site to support. Sha currently has an exhibition at Adderton: house & heart of mercy, learn more about Like a moth to a flame while Adderton is closed.

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