Monthly Archives: March 2014

RISE: 2014 Appeal – ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’

Dear Friends,

RISE prides itself on being a registered, not-for-profit organization, working tirelessly to improve non-government and government  policies in relation to refugees/asylum seekers and to generate a positive social change for our community. RISE is managed, developed and run by people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. Those who have first-hand experience of settling in Australia are giving back to the community by working to support new arrivals as well as people who have been struggling in the community for some time. Our member base has grown from 280 in October 2012, to over 1300 members at the start of January 2014. The significant growth in our membership is partly due to the changes to Bridging Visas, whereby people falling within this category were stripped of their right to work or study. Many face poverty due to the lack of support services. Many are forced to live below the poverty line, being left with a mere $7 a day to cover transport, food and clothing costs. Those ineligible to access services are “left behind”, hindering their social development and adversely impacting their health and self-esteem. As a result of this increase there has been greater demand from people on Bridging Visas requesting our Support Services; including

  • Settlement support services
  • Job seeker support services
  • A daily drop-in service operating from 9.30am to 7pm
  • Driving lessons to attain ‘L’ and ‘P’ plates
  • ESL classes and Educational programs
  • Advocacy support services
  • Emergency material aid
  • Computer programs
  • Food bank
  • RISE resource library
  • Free Internet access
  • Music and arts projects for youth
  • Recreational activities and Events

In order to be able to assist members with any of the above services, we need to increase our resource capacity in these areas. We are appealing for your support to help us raise $50000 to cover the costs required to increase our resource capacity. The extra funds will allow us to help the new members coming to us who are in desperate need of assistance.

How to Donate to RISE:

RISE is a tax-deductible organization and your financial support will enable us to assist refugees and asylum seekers in building their new lives in Australia. Your donation will assist our dedicated volunteers to provide services directly to children, adults and entire families in the refugee and asylum seeker communities.

Your donation will go directly towards supporting the following services currently provided by RISE:

We urge you to lend us your support by making a tax-deductible donation. With your help, we can build a better and stronger future for all.

To donate, please click here

Read more : “For the community, by the community – what does this mean for RISE and our members?”

Conceptualisation of Transfield by RISE member (designer/artist) – Mohamed Nur

My reasoning with the banner is simple. What does the viewer see? Does the viewer see people entering a camp and into buildings or do they see the opposite, people leaving the fenced camps and out to freedom? The graphics used are intentionally simple to have people focus on the question being asked. “What do you see?” 

When I was initially asked by RISE to do something on the Transfield issue, I thought a lot about the process which I should use in undertaking this graphic, should it be simple and focus on questioning the viewer’s own perspective on the issue or should it challenge the current government position.  Hence the idea of the image with two meanings was born.  We as a society are generally told to take a position on issues, and with the Transfield problem we were asked to do the same.  “Do you support people in offshore camps? Or do you not” hence the piece asks the same. What do you see, when you look at this overly simple image? Do you see the current issue of people in camps and the harsh reality of what our policy means or do you see the future and change, and people freed?