scarlet's walk (kisstheviolets) wrote,
scarlet's walk

thankyou to distantsun for letting me repost this here

dear lovelies,

i know we have all been posting our christmas wishlists around lately, but instead of posting mine, i thought i would post and encourage you to do this, from distantsun and roslyn's journals.

Gifts for Asylum Seekers

A bit of background for non-Aussies: for the past 10 or 12 years, Australia has had a policy of mandatory detention for 'illegal' asylum seekers, that is, people who enter the country without visas claiming refugee status. These people are then held while their refugee applications are processed (often for years at a time), irrespective of age. As a result there are now a number of children being held in detention centres around Australia, and in Nauru, whose experience of Australian culture has thus far been limited to their contact with detention centre staff.

However you feel about the detention centres, or about immigration issues generally, these children are here because of circumstances beyond their control, and they are living in conditions which are totally unsuitable for young, developing human beings. They have limited opportunities to interact with other children, to play outside, and to otherwise enjoy their childhood in all the ways we usually take for granted.

Anyway, the point of the email I got today was to say that it is possible to send gifts to these children for Christmas. Of all the people who deserve our generosity - and for whom it would make a real difference - children in detention have to be right up there.

If you're not in Australia (and I realise that many of you aren't), I am sure that there are many charities in your area that help out underprivileged children. But if you are in Australia, as my Christmas wish this year, I ask all of you to consider sending something to a child in detention.

Suggested gifts for children include:

Reading material
Puzzle, colouring and activity books
Stuffed toy animals
Crayons, pencils, marking pens, paints, paintbrushes
Games like UNO, cards, quoits, board games
Toy cars (plastic 10-20cm)
Toy animals
Rubber balls, tennis balls, soccer balls
Sporting magazines

For adults:

Hard sweets
Reading materials (novels, non-fiction)
Games (cards, chess sets, backgammon, checkers, other board games)
Sunhats, t-shirts, shorts
Light scarves and tights
Bolts of cloth (4m lengths for making clothes)
Dress patterns and clothes patterns

General guidelines:

Any item which can be fashioned into a weapon or missile is not appropriate.
The presents need to be new not used, old or stained.
The presents need to be sent unwrapped so they can be inspected. They will then be wrapped within the centres prior to distribution.
If sending clothing, please consider the climate of the destination before purchasing clothes or fabrics. Port Augusta, Christmas Island and Nauru are hot and humid.
If inappropriate presents are received they will be donated to local charities for distribution to families in need.


Please send gifts and wrapping paper to any of the following addresses.



The 16 children here are all Afghani and Iraqi.

The Children
Statehouse Camp
Central Pacific

Specific gift suggestions for the detainees on Nauru include Telstra PhoneAway phonecards (please contact me for more details - these must be sent to specific detainees, not as part of a package), music CDs, puzzles, dolls, make-up, persian spices and advanced lego.


New South Wales - Villawood Detention Centre

Large centre with families and children.

Michelle Sruhan
Programs Manager
Villawood IDC
PO Box 413
Chester Hill NSW 2162


Western Australia - Christmas Island Detention Centre

Medium centre with families and children. Children are Vietnamese and have been detained since June 2003.

Charlene Thompson
PO Box 679
Christmas Island WA 6798


Victoria - Maribyrnong Detention Centre

Small centre with families and children.

Programs Coordinator
Maribyrnong IDC
GPO Box 241E
Melbourne VIC 3001


South Australia - Baxter Detention Centre and Port Augusta Housing Project

Large centre with families and children and residential housing project.

Bernadette Wauchope
Port Pirie Rural Australian for Refugees
9 Dunkley Street
Pt Pirie SA 5540

You can also send cash directly to Bernadette and she will buy specific items needed by families - contact me and I will pass on her details.


More detailed info is also available at and

i brought the cutest, softest teddy bear from myer to send over {probably to baxter, since it's in my state} last night. i hope it puts a smile on some little kid's face christmas day.

christmas should be magical for everyone.


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