200 Club launched for Illawarra refugees

Iraqi refugee Dina Alawag says SCARF has played a big part in her resettlement in the Illawarra. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Iraqi refugee Dina Alawag says SCARF has played a big part in her resettlement in the Illawarra. Picture: ROBERT PEET

A new "200 Club" has opened to fund a charity helping refugees in the Illawarra.

The Strategic Community Assistance to Refugee Families (SCARF) launched the club to raise money ahead of World Refugee Day on June 20.

The Mercury supported campaign needs 200 donors to each give $200 to keep the charity's programs running, including its cafe skills certificate II in hospitality.

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Refugee Dina Alawag said she had benefited from SCARF's hospitality program and the kindness of volunteers.

"They help us with everything," she said. "First time when I came they gave my family English lessons and a computer and many things, like the internet at home."

The now 22-year-old fled Iraq with her mother and two sisters when her father was killed fighting against Saddam Hussein eight years ago. They lived in Syria for six years until they were granted a humanitarian refugee visa in 2012.

SCARF program co-ordinator Nick Blow has invited Illawarra businesses, schools, church groups and families to join the 200 Club by making a donation.

Go here for more information.

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