Sanctuary Northern Rivers inc

To our many friends, and members of Sanctuary Northern Rivers, we say thankyou for your support.

It may seem odd to say it, but we are in the pleasing position of having a depleted bank balance!   As I am sure many of you are aware, Sanctuary Northern Rivers primary modus operandi in distributing funds to support refugee settlement, and we provide no-interest loans, such that after settlement into our community, the new arrivals will pay back their loans in full over a period of time that is within their means.

Currently, we have in the order of $2000 - $3000 coming back into our account each month from loan repayments.  However, the demand has been greater.  We have been supporting a number of people – many of our settled community and others who seek our support – in gaining humanitarian visas for many who may be dire situations in a camp or urban setting, and others seeking to reunite with their families.  It is delightful to report that we are having some success, more-so than in recent years.  We strongly wish to be able to continue to assist those who request our support.  This will require a greater cash equity position than is currently the case.

To this end, and I am mindful that many of you have generously donated recently to support a family settlement, if you are able to contribute financially, we would be very grateful.  All contributions are directly benefiting  families and individuals in situations that tinker on the precipice where hope is quickly vanquished.  We do anticipate holding a major fundraising function later in the year.

All contributions for this cause are tax deductible and will be issued with a receipt. There are several ways that you can make your donation.

1. By credit card at the givenow/ourcommunity website here:
This website will send you a receipt via email when you make your donation. Here, you can also choose to give a regular eg monthly donation if you wish.

2. By direct credit to the Sanctuary bank account. If you give this way, please ensure you send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your details so that we know who the donation came from, and also place your initial and surname as an identifier on the transaction. A receipt will be sent by our volunteer treasurer within a week or two.
BSB: 728-728
Account: 25806710
Account Name: Sanctuary Northern Rivers inc
Financial Institution: Summerland Credit Union
Identifier: Your Initial and Surname

3. You can send a cheque to Sanctuary Northern Rivers, PO Box 1146, Lismore NSW 2480

Thank you for your ongoing support – what a privilege it is for us to play such a positive role in assisting the realisation of a new dawn for those seeking.

Michael Douglas
26 June 2016

part of Kakuma Refugee Camp, where many of those we support have come from
part of Kakuma Refugee Camp, where many of those we have supported have come from

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