ARA's August - September e-Newsletter


On Tuesday the 27th September, ARA staff travelled to Adelaide Secondary School of English and Woodville High School to meet with the students and staff who have registered to run/walk with us during this year’s City-Bay!

We were joined by a few guest speakers including Jess Trengrove, local Olympian and World Championship Marathon runner and 2 great players from Port Power, Alipate Carlile and Nick Salter.

They shared with our students the inspiration behind their sporting careers and how to prepare to participate in the 12km, 6km or 3km City-Bay event.

Rachel Ndabarinze from Loreto College, and Sarah Menz from Craigmore High School, who are part of ARA's Youth Ambassador Team, shared stories of settling and starting a new life in Australia and their passion for volunteering for ARA.

The second half of each session included a hearty run around the oval with Jess, games of basketball, strength and endurance challenges, running endurance activities and more which were facilitated by local personal trainer, Tom Adler.

An excellent day was had by all and people left feeling inspired to keep fundraising for ‘Amble for ARA!’

NOW                           - ARA Tax Appeal
15th September        - Amble for ARA
22nd October            - ARA AGM
2nd November          - ARA Quiz Night

On Friday the 22nd of July, Georgina McGuiness and the ‘Amble for ARA’ team met with a group of students from the Adelaide Secondary School of English and Craigmore High School to make a short film!

All these students have signed up with our City to Bay team, ‘Amble for ARA’ and were excited to make a short clip about ARA and how joining us in this event is a great way to support people from a refugee background.

See the video here:

If you have not already done so, please join ARA on September 15th as part of the Amble for ARA team. For further details please speak to Carly by calling 8161 3313 or email

The Rainbow Sewing Circle was officially launched on 2nd August.  Fun was had by all, new friendships were formed and sewing skills developed.   Isobel showed the students how to thread a machine and it wasn’t long before Abeba, Lulu and Luul were running up their first stitch.  They were joined on the day  by Peter Laintoll  (ARA CEO) who called in to meet everyone and share lunch with the group.

ARA wishes to thank the ladies from the Zonta Club of Adelaide Flinders for their generous donation which made it possible to setup this sewing circle.   

Special thanks to our Volunteers, Sue McRae, Elaine Crook and Anita Horn for their continual support.   Thanks also to Mara Russo at ARA Jobs for providing a room for the Sewing Circle at their Kilkenny Office.
If you know of anyone that would like to learn to sew and make their own clothes, scarf, bag, cushions or any other items send them along, we would love to show them how.

Free material off-cuts, thread and sewing machines are provided, however if you wish to bring your own material to sew  we will show you how to cut-out a pattern and sew it together.   

We are always looking for working, light weight sewing machines, fabrics and sewing aids for the Rainbow Sewing Circle. If you can help please call Judy on 8354 2951

On Sunday 18th August 2013, Celian, Louise and Peter attended the Grand final of the Adelaide Roller Derby as special guests.

Throughout the season, Adelaide Roller Derby has been raising funds for ARA through raffles and other fundraising activities.

ARA was presented with a cheque on the day for $1,545. There are further funds to come from additional fundraising activities held on the day.
It is certainly a high energy sport that relies on exceptional strategy and stamina.
The winners on the day,apart from ARA, was the Salty Dolls.
A big thank you to all that supported ARA over the season

On Thursday 15th August, ARA celebrated a milestone in that 3 staff celebrated 10 years of services. Sandra Dzafic, Client Services Manager, Semira Julardizja, Finance & Migration Manager and Craig Heidenreich, Community Development Manager celebrated by inviting staff to a sumptuous feast at lunchtime.
As working at ARA is like being married, each person was given a gift that was made of tin (10th Anniversary) which ranged from a petty cash tin for Semira, paint tin for Craig and a coffee tin filled with chocolates for Sandra.
Congratulations on this achievement and we hope to see them celebrate another 10 years in 2023.
It is now over 12 months since the release of the report of the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers. ARA is one of many Australian non government organisations that have co signed the following statement issued by the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA). As we near the Election date, it is a good time to reflect on the current situation. Follow the links to read Enough is Enough, It’s Time For A New Approach, issued by RCOA on the 13th August 2013.

The RCOA report can be found on the front page of our website

On Saturday 24th of August, 54 members of the Bhutanese community attended a workshop organised jointly by ARA and the Australian Electoral Commission on how to vote. 

Many of the Bhutanese community members have recently become Australian Citizens and they were very keen to learn how to vote correctly to ensure their vote counted.   

The feedback from the participants was that the session was very helpful and they are now confident about voting. The session was presented by the Australian Electoral Commission and it is supported by funding from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship under the Settlement Grants Program.  

ABC featured an article on this event. Click here to read

The Client and Youth Services Teams have been attending training to improve their knowledge and skills to support clients who are experiencing domestic violence. 

We would like to thank the Western Domestic Violence Service for providing this session.  Another session focusing on laws and legislation relating to domestic violence will be provided by Women’s Legal Services and Women’s Health Central on the 19th of September 2013. 

ARA will also be working with the leaders of one refugee community to discuss domestic violence and how to support members in their community who may be experiencing these issues.
Malcolm Fraser & Sarah Hanson-Young: Why Humanity Matters in Politics - A Public Forum


ARA’s 2012 Orator, the Right Hon Malcolm Fraser returned to Adelaide in July 2013 to speak to Sarah Hanson Young on why humanity matters in politics.

The a link to the video can be found on the front page of our website
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