World Refugee Day: 20th June

World Refugee Day: 20th June

The 20th of June  is World Refugee Day – a day to commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees.  It’s been three years since we and our Catholic neighbours began working with the Red Cross to turn houses into homes, providing a warm Kiwi welcome to hundreds of former refugees.  We have done marvellous work, yet there is still so much to be done.

There are currently 25.5 million refugees registered with the United Nations. Less than 1% get resettled.

Thank you to all who have been on this journey and all who continue to do so much.

To mark this Refugee Day, we’re taking a look at some our movement’s involvement in supporting former refugees in settling into the Wellington region.

  • Photo exhibition at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul: The “My Life to Live exhibition will travel to the Cathedral following its launch.  Read more.  This follows its launch on World Refugee Day, the 20th of June, at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery.  Read more about the launch here.
  • Former refugee resettlement draws interest in Cathedral: Every two months we gather donated goods, sort them, and set them up in houses for former refugee families to move into – find out about the recent intake here.
  • Forced to flee: documentary screening at St Peter’s Gonvilleclick here to find out more.
  • Refugee Sunday materials available: The 7th of July is marked as Refugee Sunday in the Anglican calendar.  Christian World Service has made some material available for churches to use on that day, available here.