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Cook 2 Connect: Jesuit Refugee Service


For Refugee Week (June 17-June 23), Jesuit Refugee Service is encouraging people to host a fundraising dinner using a recipe designed by a person seeking asylum. They are asking individuals, families, schools, parishes and community groups to join in – you can be a small group gathering around a dinner table at home or a whole congregation in a parish hall – no contribution is too small!


Jesuit Refugee Service has been supporting thousands of people seeking protection in the last three years with casework, legal advice, accommodation, financial assistance, foodbank, English classes and community support programs. Unfortunately, in that time the policies that affect the day-to-day lives of the people they serve have become more harsh and punitive.


In the coming months, government funded income support for up to 7000 people seeking asylum nationwide will be cut. Individuals affected by this change will only have 7-10 days to transition and find work.


JRS anticipate that the need for their assistance is going to increase rapidly over the coming months and they will certainly need your help to raise awareness and funds.


By hosting a dinner and encouraging each guest to contribute $20 for their meal, you will be supporting JRS to work directly with individuals and families seeking asylum.


To register your dinner, call JRS on 02 9356 3888 or email


JRS will provide you with a resource pack, which includes a recipe, fact sheets about people seeking asylum, as well as information on how to collect donations.