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18 Feb 2014

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Knox Grammar Old Boys find a level playing field with refugees and people seeking asylum

 

“Soccer has proven to be a great way of connecting new arrivals from around the world with communities here in NSW, around a common interest.

“It’s also a healthy activity that helps people who have recently arrived in Australia release some of the stress they have experienced in their ordeals.’’

Ms Roumeliotis said SSI staff hoped Saturday’s tournament would be the start of regular knockout events.

Mr van Westing, 19, who graduated from Knox Grammar at the end of 2012, said he and his former school’s alumni had wanted to participate in more community work when he approached SSI.

“When we first approached SSI about getting involved and working with refugees and asylum seekers, we were told it might be a good idea to attend the SSI Community Kitchen program with some of those new arrivals,” Mr van Westing said.

“We met some of those people who had recently arrived in the country and we thought we would definitely like to help them get more involved in Australian culture.

“But at the same time, we realise it’s important to empathise with them and try to understand and respect the cultures they have come from.

“Soccer is a universal game and I think it helps break down barriers.”

Mr van Westing said he hoped the Knox Grammar Old Boys could take part in regular events with SSI and the refugees and asylum seekers it works with.

He also hoped to get current Knox Grammar School students involved in working with the sector, and he planned to speak to the school about his experiences with refugees and asylum seekers.

 

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