Buddies Refugee Support Group
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Front from left: Ramesh, son Theepan, daughter Iniya and Viji. At back: Kendall and Yokki
It's not exactly permanent residency, but the good news is that last month our friend Ramesh was finally granted a bridging visa which will enable him to work until at least November 2020. 
    As a result both he and wife Viji will now be able to support their family themselves and no longer have to rely on the generosity of the community. The family has had to do this for the 12 months since November last year, when Ramesh's work visa was revoked without explanation.
   The funds that the Buddies community (and others) donated to help this family by means of our crowdfunding campaign in June – more than $9000 – have made it possible for them to survive to this point. 
Ramesh and Viji wish to express their sincerest thanks to everyone who supported them over this time, with a special thanks to Kendall Snowden and Yokki Rother who have worked tirelessly on their behalf.

Contact and information

Kendall Snowden
5472 7209 or
0412 677 256


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EDITOR: Wendy Oakley
The Buddies Refugee Support Group is a Sunshine Coast group which advocates for just and compassionate treatment of refugees, consistent with the human rights standards which Australia has developed and endorsed.
   We support policies towards refugees and asylum seekers that reflect respect, decency and traditional Australian generosity to those in need, while advancing Australia’s international standing and national interests.
   We are an independent community group and meet on the 4th Sunday of each month at 11am, 24 King Street Buderim.
Confidentiality  Your email address is completely confidential.
To contribute to Buddies   Buddies’ fundraising contributes to refugee and asylum seeker support. You can direct debit to:
Suncorp Bank, BSB 484-799     
Account No: 123508960    
Account name: Buddies Refugee Support Group Ltd 
Or you can contribute to ‘The Box’ at our meetings and events. Your donations are much appreciated by those we help.

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