Today I am excited to launch #thepaperboatsproject. So what is it you ask?
It started with some folded paper, instagram... and above all hope. You see, I have a hope in my heart for those brave men, women and children who are forced to flee their homelands under threat of persecution and violence... whose hope is a better life for themselves and their families. Asylum seekers... just like me... who could be me if I were not born in this lucky country... I would hope for the same.
I am thankful for those who have enriched our lucky country with their beautiful spirit and culture.
My hope is to share the humanity... and do my small part to change the conversation...
#thepaperboatsproject is a set of my instagram images featuring the fragile but resilient paper boat, and my thoughts of hope for those seeking asylum. I have transformed these images into prints and inspirations cards. You can purchase them here through my online store.
For the past three years I have been a volunteer at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) in Melbourne and have seen first hand the wonderful work they do at the coalface. All money raised from the sale of my #thepaperboatsproject prints and inspiration cards will be donated to the ASRC.
Since 2001 the ASRC has grown to be Australia’s largest asylum seeker organisation. In its first 9 years the ASRC has assisted over 7000 people seeking asylum, provided more than 1 million hours of free help and turned no one in need away. All of this has been achieved with almost no government funding, with more than 95% of their funding coming solely from the community and philanthropy. The ASRC does it all – from direct aid, welfare and medical care, to strengthening families and communities through community development, to campaigning for social change.
Thank you for stopping by and supporting #thepaperboatsproject... hope floats in paper boats.
PS - I thank my family and friends who have supported me on this journey to #thepaperboats project. To the ASRC for your tireless work in the community as well is your inspriation for this project. To Megan Morton your friendship and encouragement was the gentle breeze at my back turning this tiny ripple of hope into something more. And to Karina Sharpe you have been the wind in my sails with your friendship, encouragement and creative spirit when I needed you.