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    #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that’s been built by individuals, families, organisations, and communities in many countries around the world to celebrate generosity. Through this movement, millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in.

    #GivingTuesday started in the US in 2012 and is now gaining momentum in Australia.

    On this global day to give to those less fortunate, we ask you to help us in our mission in supporting people seeking asylum in Australia. Help ensure that they have a lawyer by their side as they go through the daunting legal process of obtaining a visa to remain here in safety.

    The following is a list of great ideas on how you can help RACS and celebrate this international day of generosity.

    1. Use Facebook to raise funds for RACS.

    Facebook has tools to allow users to fundraise on behalf of charities and RACS is a registered charity.

    It is very simple. Look at the left side of the home page of your Facebook Account (not your profile). There you will find “Explore.” Click on “raise funds” and “search” Refugee Advice and Casework Service. Ready!

    Now you can create your own campaign and invite your family and friends to support people seeking asylum by donating to RACS on Facebook this Christmas.

    If you need further guidance to start your Facebook campaign, click here and find out more information: https://nonprofits.fb.com/learn-the-basics/

    “I couldn’t have done this without you” – RACS client.

     

    2. Advocate on behalf of refugees.

    If you are already aware about the global refugee crisis, it is important to continue to educate more people in your network about this humanitarian crisis. Tell them it is legal to seek asylum, as it is a human right, regardless of where they have come from or by what means they landed in Australia.

    The majority of people who apply for asylum in Australia do so because their lives and safety are under threat from war, violence or human rights abuses in their homeland.

    Explain to people what RACS does. Your passion will inspire them!

    RACS is an independent community legal centre and the only dedicated organisation in NSW providing specialist legal support at no cost to people seeking asylum.

    We exist because without legal support, it is almost impossible to seek protection.

    RACS provides protection visa application assistance, legal advice to transferees from Manus and Nauru, legal support to people who arrived as unaccompanied children and are now on Nauru, family reunion assistance and a judicial review referral service.

    RACS aims to provide justice and dignity for refugees. People do not wish to leave their homes, families, friends and communities they know and love. But, they have no choice.

    On #GivingTuesday, we invite you to join our cause and be the voice of those who are voiceless.

    Thank you so much for your effort to help me. I will remember it forever’ – RACS client.  

     

    3. Become a regular donor.

    RACS receives no government funding, operating on donations and pro-bono support. Despite that, we are determined to provide free legal assistance to as many refugees as we can, but we need you support.

    People seeking asylum need at least 40 hours of legal assistance throughout the process, plus an interpreter.

    $50 will provide one hour of emergency phone advice to someone in detention and $120 will provide one hour of interpreting services.

    You can easily become a regular donor now on our website.

    Funding legal assistance for someone who would otherwise face the complex and daunting process alone is life-changing. Please contact RACS if you would like to know other payment options at 02 8317 6500 or fundraising@racs.org.au

    “Thank you so much RACS for helping, I will never forget what you have done for me.” RACS client.

     

    4. A one-off donation as a gift.

    Donating to a cause that mean something to you is a very personal decision and there is not amount too small to give.

    We always need to prioritise where our funds are directed. Thanks to our supporters, this year we have been able to assist 5,247 people seeking protection and we advised 350 people who were transferred from Manus and Nauru.

    If this Christmas you would like to help a refugee who needs legal protection to stay in Australia, a gift of $1,500 will mean that they will have  a team supporting them through this daunting process.

    People seeking asylum can’t do this alone. Your generous donation will help men, women and children apply for protection in Australia.

    “Thank you RACS for giving me hope”  – RACS client.

     

    5. Volunteering at RACS.

    Our lawyers, experienced in human rights law, are committed to ensuring that vulnerable people who have fled from persecution and are seeking protection in Australia, gain access to equal and fair representation before the law.

    Collaboration with the legal community is key to defending the rights of people seeking asylum in Australia.

    We are grateful for the support received last year from 997 volunteers, including 435 lawyers from ten firms, 55 barristers, 65 interpreters and 442 legal students.

    If you are a qualified legal professional or a student of law and would like to get involved at RACS, take a look on our website and make your selection on the volunteering positions available. https://www.racs.org.au/volunteer/

    The success of our work heavily relies on the support we receive from our many volunteers!

    “The best part about this news [receiving visa] is that we will not have to return to the country where we faced unbearable trauma and violence.” – RACS client.

     

    6. Support RACS through workplace giving.

    Workplace giving is a fantastic way to show your compassion and create positive change while you go about your daily work.

    With a pre-tax donation from your pay, you can help the many individuals and families who fear being persecuted because of their race, religion, and nationality or political views and are seeking to rebuild their lives in Australia.

    Benefits of workplace giving:

    • Provides an immediate tax benefit by reducing your taxable income.
    • Reduces the need to keep donation records, as employee donations are recorded on your pay slip.

    As an employer, workplace giving will provide you with a happier workforce. We find that most people care for others and they want to work for organisations that care as well.

    RACS partners with Good2Give, an online platform that makes workplace giving easy.

    “It was dangerous for me to travel here by boat alone as a young woman.  I had no choice.  If I had stayed I would have been killed” – RACS client.

     

    7. Running, walking, swimming, cycling and golf for RACS!

    Are you the sporty type? Use your outdoor skills to raise funds and raise awareness for people seeking asylum.

    Visit goFundraise and raise funds by doing your favourite outdoor activity.

    “I was a professor in my country progressing steadily in my career.  I had to flee to save my life. I will never forget what you have done for me. I am working hard with the hope that I can return to studies and my career one day.”” – RACS client.

     

    8. Shop at RACS this Christmas.

    Buy a T.shirt for mum, one for dad and even one for the kids – they come in all sizes, buy a shopping bag for grandad, buy a Keep Cup for Uncle Jim and a water bottle for grandma. They will love it and it’s a gift that goes beyond the receiver.

    Visit our shop. If you prefer, we can ship your gifts directly to your loved ones this Christmas.

    “I started my life again here. I am learning the language, the culture and making new friends.  I want to put the past behind me so that I can build a new future here”- RACS client.

     

    9. Create your own “CrowdRaiser” on GiveNow.

    #GivingTuesday is a grassroots campaign, built by people like you who want to see generosity and kindness flourish.

    This year, we invite you to create your own “CrowdRaiser” on GiveNow. This will give you your own fundraising page, linked to our cause, which you can share with friends, family and peers.

    We know that asking others can be awkward, but in the spirit of #GivingTuesday, we hope that you can channel your fervour for what we do and help us to raise more desperately needed funds to help as many peple fleeing persecution as possible..

    To start your fundraising page, click here. On this page, you will see there is a button labelled “Create CrowdRaiser”.

    Click the button and you’ll be on your way. From start to finish, it should only take you just a few minutes. Then, you can share your brand new CrowdRaiser page with your own network.

    “After what happened to me in my country, I lost hope in people.  The way you helped me, made me believe there are kind people again” – RACS client.

     

    10. Share this post!

    If you liked this story, share it. By doing so you will also be helping RACS.

     

     

     

    People seeking asylum can’t do this alone.
    Your generous donation will help men, women and children apply for protection in Australia.

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