Fra Everard hosted a winter Dinner & Film night in Auckland this year, after being inspired by volunteer work within the Burmese community in Auckland. Fra writes:
My first introduction to Myanmar was through working as a Red Cross refugee support volunteer earlier this year. I was placed with a young couple in their 20's with a baby boy aged 10 months. I was struck by their resilience, compassion and grace in the face of adversity.
When I heard about the "Back a Woman" campaign, I jumped at the opportunity to showcase an amazing film and bring Kiwis closer to the Burmese community - living both in Myanmar and in our own backyard. I saw the event as a perfect opportunity to support both ADC's clients in Myanmar and Burmese former refugees living here in Auckland, who are supported by amazing organisations such as the WISE Collective and the Red Cross.
There was a wonderful symmetry between seeing ADC's clients on the film, then sitting around together, reflecting on the film and enjoying a delicious Burmese meal prepared by Burmese people living here in Auckland. We also had the privilege of hearing our caterers' story and as you can imagine, they too have had their fair share of challenges. By pure chance, it turned out they were from the same village as ADC's clients in the film!
Some people may say that "charity begins at home" but home is where the heart is and as I hope our event highlighted, we are all a lot more connected than we realise.
Thank you, Fra, for being involved with ADC and organising a wonderful night!
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