Rockhampton welcomes refugees with open arms in local walk

IT HAS been nearly two months since Rockhampton community members first banded together to show their support towards Syrian refugees.

The group, Light in the Darkness, has been meeting ever since to establish what they can do to ensure 500 refugees will be re-homed in Rockhampton.

Michael Powell, who is the voice of Light in the Darkness, does not want to see the issue fall by the wayside and is grateful to see a community walk being held in Rockhampton this weekend to keep the issue in the spotlight.

The organisation Welcome to Australia is hoping to see the community come out in numbers and support a national Walk Together event on Saturday.

The organisation is inviting the community to celebrate the diversity of the region and the country.

Michael says members of Light in the Darkness will be there in numbers to support the event and bring the issue of re-homing Syrian refugees to Rockhampton back to the surface.

While the walk is a positive move to once again voice the issue, Michael is concerned the issue is being forgotten about by the public as it is no longer in mainstream media.

Michaels says he would like to see more effort put into getting Syrian refugees to the region as soon as possible.

"I am a bit disappointed that more organisations in Australia aren't out there more lobbying to get refugees out of camps and bring them over," he said.

Meanwhile, the Light in the Darkness group is continuing to grow, with nearly 50 members, who have met on several occasions to discuss the refugee crisis.

If you would like to support or join Light in the Darkness, you can find their group page on Facebook.

Walk Together

Welcome to Australia engages everyday Australians in the task of cultivating a culture of welcome in our nation.

Walk Together event is on this Saturday

Free BBQ (10am) and walk from 11am at the Rockhampton PCYC

For more information head to

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