The Deng Family Portrait

The Deng Family portrait

Highly Commended There is a something special about a family portrait. Everyone is brushed and polished for the day. The photographer arrives. Kids squirm. The baby cries. Furniture is rearranged. Tripods unfold. Lights go up. Everyone is marshaled into pose. The occasion is over soon but the results create lifetime memories. Most refugee families cannot afford those special memories.   …

2021 Geoff McPherson Scholarship Program

Nuria Carolina CASTILLO CRS Scholarship recipient

CRS was delighted to be able to run the Geoff McPherson Scholarship Program again this year, after Covid caused the program to have to be deferred in 2020. This was the program’s 17th year, and it is an important complement to the broader goal of CRS to support refugees and asylum seekers settle in Canberra. In 2021, the program provided …

Links in a Web of Kindness – Sameer’s Story

Sameer & Moya

“Our relationships with Sameer, Inas and their children have enhanced our lives” In many ways Sameer, his wife Inas and their four children are typical Canberra residents. They’re involved in the community and have a strong network of friends; their children attend local schools and love their soccer, and they are both studying at Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT). Sameer …

Geoff McPherson Scholarships 2021: update

Following the postponement of the 2020 Geoff McPherson Scholarship Program due to COVID, CRS is again running the Scholarship Program in 2021, but with some changes. CRS will be awarding 49 scholarships in 2021 to a total value of $38,500. As in previous years, the awardees are nominated by our partners, the ACT Education Directorate, CIT, Companion House, Australian Red …

Help reunite this refugee family

Iyad

In 2019 thanks to the love and generosity of the Australian community a significant sum of money was raised to pay for visa applications for the family of Iyad, a Syrian refugee in Canberra, to join him in Australia (you can read the whole story below). After a long and torturous wait the family has finally received the news that …

Variety Every Chance to Play Grant

Variety and Tuggeranong Football Club

Kuir, Jok and David enjoying soccer through the generosity of the Variety Every Chance to Play grant and Tuggeranong United Football Club. The Variety Every Chance to Play grant pays junior sport registration costs for ACT kids from low-income families. The Grant helps kids enjoy the positive outcomes of sport including the development of teamwork and resilience, improved mental and …