Our famous MASSG fundraising lunch will be on Friday Sept. 6th, from 12.30pm for a 1pm start. Bookings are now open.

Click here to book.

If you wish to be seated together with friends on a table, you can  EITHER book that number of tickets under one name, OR specify the agreed TABLE NAME when you book.

MASSG lunch flyer

Our fundraising lunch last year was booked out weeks in advance, (as in previous years!!) and raised over $4,000 for the organisations we support.  _________________________________________________

Meanwhile, at the initiative of the Banyule libraries, a massive month-long food drive is being run, across three Banyule libraries and with MASSG collecting locally for people seeking asylum.Long winter food drive title

ongoing  to July 22nd. Details on our Home page

Launched in Refugee Week and continuing for a month. the food drive will conclude with a talk at Ivanhoe Library on Monday 22 July at 2 to 3pm by Karen Quist, Food & Goods Donations Coordinator at ASRC.


Refugee Rights and Dreams of Peace

– an evening with leaders about great books.

Join us on Wednesday 17th July 2019, from 6.30pm until 8.00pm at Earthbound Bolton Café, 266 Bolton Street, Eltham to meet and discuss with leaders in our field. Eltham Bookshop has organised this evening with four speakers, focusing on two new books.

Professor Jane McAdam, Director of UNSW’s Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, and her coauthor Fiona Chong, will be discussing their new book, Refugee Rights and Policy Wrongsin conversation with David Manne, Executive Director of Refugee Legal. The  book brings facts to bear on Australia’s deterrence policies , providing a highly accessible account of Australian refugee law and policy, outlining what a more humane approach could look like.

Mark Isaacs is author of The Undesirables: Inside Nauru and Nauru Burning, accounts of his work with asylum seekers and investigative reports of human rights abuses in the notorious detention centre.  He’ll talk about his new book,  The Kabul Peace House, which tells the story of inspirational and courageous young Afghani people from across ethnic groups-Pashtuns, Hazaras, Sayyids, Uzbeks, Turkmen, Tajiks, Sayyids, Pashai to create radical peaceful solutions for co existence and clean environment for their war torn, segmented society. Mark Isaacs lived amongst the young people in Kabul and reports back with moving accounts of positive activism born out of a new manner of thinking.

Our thanks to Eltham Bookshop for organising what should be an amazing evening. There is a special entry charge for students as Mark’s story is inspiring for all young people trying to change the world in new and unthought of ways.

Entry: $35 for students, $45.00 single, $60.00 for couples includes a copy of one of the featured books or a $25.00 gift voucher, a glass of wine, finger food and an unforgettable encounter with Jane McAdam. Prepaid bookings are essential: 9439 8700 or visit ELTHAMbookshop, 970 Main Road Eltham

July 17 authors

Click here to download  the flyer for this event and send it to friends.


Food for Hope

Monday July 22nd, 2-3pm,  celebrate the delivery from our Long Winter Food drive by meeting the director of the ASRC’s Foodbank, Karen Quist. She’ll talk about the extraordinary organisation behind this free grocery store in Footscray. It provides food and essentials to over 700 people seeking asylum and refugees each week, most of whom have no income. ASRC Foodbank relies heavily on community donations with almost 90% of food and essential goods coming from gifted food.


Our thanks to the generous sponsors who have donated raffle prizes for our lunches. Click here to see the list of 2018 donors –   please support their businesses and thank them for supporting us.

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Our 2018 lunch speaker, Gillian Triggs, with the flowers presented to her, provided by The Wilde Bunch, fine florists of Hurstbridge.


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