G’day everybody! I’m Katie, an American expat living in Melbourne with my bike guru and chef extraordinaire partner and our silver fox of a Frenchy. I wanted to start this fundraiser because over the past year I’ve learned so much about migrant work, refugee and visa life and how difficult every little thing can be without a pandemic wreaking havoc. Having experienced all of this first hand, my mind began to race about what this culture is like in other countries across the world, but not just for the adults; for their children too.
Long hours in adverse weather lower than 6 degrees Celsius, getting unlivable wages, physically stressing your body into unnatural positions can take its toll. So many of these workers take on these jobs in the hopes of providing a safe and stable life for their children. But even with all of their hard work, it’s still not enough to provide them with ample education and supplies.
We all have our own unique pandemic stories to share about things we learned, ways we grew and new traditions being made. What I’ve learned is that everybody needs help and when we donate our time or resources with the simple click of a button or an afternoon, we’re making a world of difference on someone else’s life.
I began training for the Great Ocean Road Race because I wanted to commit to physically healing from my time on the farm and to take advantage of beauty of the country I now call my home. But if you know me, I’m a two birds one stone kinda gal, so I wanted to raise funds for the Refugee Migrant Children’s Center. This organization is heavily vetted, grassroots and ticks every box on focusing their time and energy on helping young child refugees in Australia feel safe and at home. You can find out more about them here:https://rmccaustralia.org.au/
including tax audits from the past few years and up to date local statistics as well as local volunteer opportunities.
A little snippet from their stats page :
Statistics show kids from refugee and migrant backgrounds face barriers that many others don’t.
20% of females and 15% of maleshave never attended school prior to their arrival in Australia.
40% of humanitarian entrantsbetween 12-24 years arrive with six or fewer years of education.
Refugee and migrant children are usually placed in a year level at school according to their age and not their academic abilities.
It will take 2-3 years to learn Englishto maintain a fluent conversation, and 5-7 years to reach native speaker level and achieve academic success in a new language.
11% of children from a refugee or asylum seeker background suffer from PTSD.
50% of children and young people of refugee background (0-17 years) live in relative poverty compared with 14.3% of other 0-17 year olds in Australia.
Incidences of racial discriminationfaced by kids from diverse backgrounds in Australia have steadily risen from almost one in ten to one in five between 2007 and 2016.
Students born outside Australia are less likely to be in full-time employment after graduation (45%) than domestic students (69%).
By age 15, children from low socioeconomic households are on average three years behind in school than those from high socioeconomic households.
So for the next 30 days I will be running with the thought of helping these kids I may never meet and I hope you have been inspired to do the same in your own way. On may 17th the total funds, 100%, will be donated to RMCC.
I know this year has been financially difficult for us all, but it would mean the world to me and these kids of you donated your coffee money or went to their website to purchase items for their backpacks or even wrote these kids a note of encouragement. A little kindness goes a long way.
Cheers with gratitude,