Lifeboats floated for asylum seekers

Shandra, Kieu, Julie, Ky and Janet show their support for asylum seekers with origami boats. 106901 Picture: DONNA OATES


KILLESTER College students rallied to show their support for asylum seekers last week.
They marched through the Springvale school grounds holding colourful handmade symbols of welcome on Monday 14 October – origami boats.
“The Australian Government is planning on turning the boats around and they think that young people don’t care, but we do,” Year 12 community service leader Ky Du said.
She’s part of the school’s justice and democracy forum – a group of students who inform themselves about topical issues to raise broader awareness within the school.
“We believe that it is important that the voices of young people are heard on issues that impact us,” she said.
“We live in a multicultural community, many of our neighbours are migrants and we feel strongly about this.
“The purpose of the rally is to show our community and recently-elected leaders that, as the future of Australia, we do care about their mistreatment within our country.
“We hope that the community continues to keep an eye out for our future initiatives as the success of this rally is just the starting point of an ongoing wave of action.”