Being a part of surf lifesaving I am privileged to participate in extraordinary opportunities and one of my favourite experiences is “Refugee Day”. Australia’s most recent citizens travel from Brisbane on buses to the beautiful Tallebudgera creek where they are greeted by community volunteers. Free morning tea, lunch and drinks are provided for them by volunteers, as well as bundles of clothes, bags and toys that are donated by local primary schools. Surf Lifesaving volunteers step in by providing flotation devices and water safety to help out in the water. The event is held annually once a year and this is the 4th year I’ve attended.
I took the time to listen to the stories of a mother from Islamabad, Pakistan. Her and her husband are now studying law together. These are a couple of things she had to say…
“I had to pull my child away from the toys because she wouldn’t stop playing. She hadn’t even thought of the food or the ocean yet.”
“This country has so much beauty. We were deprived of opportunities and now they’re everywhere. My family can learn. My children can play. I have been granted my humanity.”
These young children have experienced more than I ever had in my lifetime. We must appreciate what we have everyday. Here are a few snaps of the day.