Our Second Crowd Fund raises $15000!

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Help Care for the Children

This is Vietnamese failed asylum-seeker Mrs Tran Thi Lua with her three children, aged 14, 11 and 4. Mrs Lua recently lost her appeal against a two-and-a half-year jail sentence for helping organise an “illegal departure” to Australia by boat. Meanwhile, her husband has been detained in Indonesia, his fishing boat and gear confiscated.

Thanks to your generosity, I recently ran a successful campaign on Gofundme to help the family of another mother, Mrs Tran Thi Thanh Loan, who is in similar circumstances to Mrs Lua. They both share the same lawyer, Mr Don An Vo, who has put me in touch with these families.

Won’t you now join me in helping this family too so that the children can continue to go to school and live with their extended family?

This time, I would like to share the funds raised between Mrs Lua’s children and the family of Mr Nguyen Minh Quyet, who as the boat’s skipper, was sentenced to 24 months in jail. After commencing his prison term, he lost his ability to walk, and having lost his appeal, is now at home, where he is cared for by his wife, Mrs Pham Thi Thu Thanh, who can no longer work as a labourer. The couple has two young children. When he is well enough, Mr Quyet is expected to return to jail to complete his sentence.

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I am a writer and editor, passionate about helping refugees and about exploring the challenges life throws at us through my writing. A former journalist, I previously worked in publishing and taught French to university students. I am a member of Supporting Asylum Seekers Sydney (SASS) and have also served on the board of my children’s school for the past 13 years, including three terms as vice-president. My work has appeared in online and print publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Independent Australia, New Matilda, Eureka Street, Jewish Literary Journal, The Forward and Online Opinion. I can be contacted at sebban@tpg.com.au Tôi là nhà văn/nhà báo, và cũng là chủ bút. Với nhiệt tâm muốn giúp đỡ cho người tị nạn và tìm hiểu sâu xa hơn về những khó khăn trong cuộc sống mà chúng ta phải đương đầu qua những bài viết của tôi. Là một cựu phóng viên, trước đây tôi từng cho phát hành các ấn phẩm và đã từng dạy môn Pháp ngữ cho sinh viên đại học. Tôi là thành viên của Tổ chức Giúp đỡ Người Tầm Trú Sydney (Supporting Asylum Seekers Sydney, SASS); và trong 13 năm qua, tôi cũng là thành viên trong ban đại diện hội phụ huynh học sinh của trường các con tôi học, với ba nhiệm kỳ làm phó chủ tịch. Những bài viết của tôi được đăng trên báo và trên trang mạng của những tờ báo như The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Independent Australia, New Matilda, Eureka Street, Jewish Literary Journal, The Forward and Online Opinion. Để liên lạc với tôi, xin gởi email đến địa chỉ sebban@tpg.com.au

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