Regional members making critical donations for refugees and people seeking asylum
IEUA-QNT members across regional Queensland are helping to provide much needed education resources to refugees and people seeking asylum as part of a new member donation drive.
The drive, coordinated by Regional Organiser Richard Pascoe, is collecting items on behalf of the Teachers for Refugees and People Seeking Asylum (TRAPSA) network.
Our union is a founding member of TRAPSA and created this group alongside the Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU), to recognise the importance of school communities in supporting refugees and people seeking asylum.
Mr Pascoe said members are asked to donate non-perishable items to assist with learning such as pens and pencils, notepads, novels, comics, magazines, word puzzles and children’s books.
“Refugees and people seeking asylum often experience mental and emotional distress and these donations are a small but significant contribution to improving their daily lives," Mr Pascoe said.
“Donations that are appropriate for both children and adults are sought and IEUA-QNT Chapters are invited to join together in making a donation,” he said.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said TRAPSA was established to promote teacher and student wellbeing in childcare centres, schools and TAFE institutes serving refugees and people seeking asylum or people from a refugee or asylum seeker background.
"TRAPSA aims to also provide advice and support for union and community campaigns relating to refugees and people seeking asylum," Mr Burke said.
Regional IEUA-QNT Organisers will be collecting donations in Term 4 or earlier if your Chapter is able to donate these items sooner. To register your Chapter’s donation, contact your local organiser directly.
Brisbane and Gold Coast based members wishing to donate should contact the Brisbane office via firstname.lastname@example.org or 1800 177 938.
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