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Cardinia host asylum seekers
On 17 October, the Cardinia Group meeting hosted a presentation from two Iranian asylum seekers, facilitated through the Volunteer Support Program.
One asylum seeker was a former career firefighter in Iran for 8 years working for a large petroleum and gas company, and the other acted as an interpreter. Both men spoke of their experiences as migrants in Australia, and the challenges and opportunities CFA faces when engaging groups from different ethnic backgrounds.
Cardinia Group Officer Phillip Craig said, "The talks were very well received by the members at the meeting. It was good to hear a little about the guys themselves and their backgrounds. From my point of view it was very much worth the effort and it is something that should be repeated."
Upper Beaconsfield Captain Barry Gray said, "Personally I think the night went well. It certainly raised a few items for discussion amongst us after the meeting. It's great to have someone bring issues like these to our attention so we continue to look for ways to reach our community."
The Volunteer Support Program is working with the Red Cross migration team to look for ways in which CFA can access harder to reach groups, such as asylum seekers.
If you wish for similar opportunities for your brigade please call Josh Davis, Project Coordinator in the VSP on 0417 448 777.