Diversitat and Deakin partnering to reunite families

Please support our Reuniting Families Christmas Appeal, visit www.givenow.com.au/diversitatchristmas

Diversitat and Deakin University have partnered on a unique and exciting new Christmas Appeal, to support those in need. The Reuniting Families Christmas Appeal was established to provide much needed support to refugee families needing assistance with visa applications for family members still in refugee situations overseas. In some cases they have been separated from family members for over 10 years.

“There is a piece of me missing and I will never feel complete while I remain separated from my daughter. My family and I come from the DRC where millions have been killed and displaced. Over 19 years ago we ran for our lives to a refugee camp in Tanzania, where my daughter remains. We are thankful to have been granted refuge in Australia, however I have now been separated from my daughter for over 5 years. Her being left behind was out of my control, and still is. However I will never give up hope of being reunited.” Anonymous client of Diversitat.

Diversitat hopes to raise $7,500 with the generous support of the Geelong community, with Deakin University committing to match dollar for dollar funds raised with this appeal. “This is an important appeal and we are grateful for the extraordinary support and commitment from Deakin. This is a great opportunity to support others in need during the Festive Season.”, Mr Michael Martinez CEO of Diversitat said.

Deakin’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander said, “Deakin is delighted to support this initiative to reunite families – it aligns closely with Deakin values and beliefs. At the same time, Deakin will contribute to long-term capacity building for our newly settled refugees by providing opportunities for access to tertiary study.”

The Reuniting Families Christmas Appeal will provide assistance to refugee families in the Geelong region to complete visa applications for family members still in refugee situations overseas. The appeal will assist Diversitat in providing information and resources on some of the more complex elements of visa application processes. These requirements are highly complex and challenging, even for the most experienced migration agents. Currently, refugee families within the Geelong region have limited, if any, access to free or discounted support to navigate these complex requirements and processes.

To find out more, and to support the Reuniting Families Christmas Appeal, visit www.givenow.com.au/diversitatchristmas