06 Feb 2015News
Asylum seekers celebrate Socceroos win
The Newington Gunners coach and most of the players are SSI clients; most are on bridging visas and awaiting the outcome of their application for refugee status.
They were part of the 50 strong contingent of SSI clients who wore green and gold and proudly waved the Australian flag as they watched the Socceroos make history by winning the Asian Cup.
“I love soccer and went to a game in Canberra, but I could never have afforded to attend this final,” said SSI client Moslem.
“I am very happy to be here and share this special event.”
Tickets to the Asian Cup final were generously gifted to SSI by Multicultural NSW.
Multicultural NSW CEO Hakan Harman said that ticket distribution priority was given to those that would ordinarily not be able to attend such an event.
“Multicultural NSW is pleased that SSI agreed to participate and will continue to advocate for all members of our multicultural community to attend international world class events,” Mr Harman said.
SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis said the tickets provided an opportunity for SSI clients to be a part of a collective experience.
“Many of our clients can’t work due to visa restrictions and can therefore experience isolation due to not having the extra funds to travel or to socialise,” said Ms Roumeliotis.
“As we have seen the in the past, sport is a great unifier of culture but also a wonderful social activity where a common goal is shared.”