Refugees awarded for making a real difference

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Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras has congratulated the 23 recipients of the 2011 Victorian Refugee Recognition Record (VRRR).
Mr Kotsiras commended the recipients’ achievements and congratulated them for their contribution to the Victorian community.
“The VRRR is an official ‘thank you’ from the people of Victoria for the often unrecognised, work done by people that help to improve the lives of others,” said Mr Kotsiras.
“These VRRR recipients honour the legacy of Victoria’s refugee communities, and the legacy of all migrants who have worked hard to get here and have contributed to the social, cultural and economic fabric of our community,” said Mr Kotsiras.
The recipients were added to the VRRR at a ceremony at the Immigration Museum, hosted by Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Nick Wakeling on behalf of Mr Kotsiras.
Mr Wakeling said that Victorians recognised the contribution refugees made to Australia.
“Australians such as AFL player Majak Daw, comedians and writers Ahn and Khoa Do and biologist Gustav Nossal are all refugees,” Mr Wakeling said.
Since 2004 the Victorian Government has marked Refugee Week through the VRRR and has now acknowledged 180 individuals from refugee backgrounds who have made a noteworthy contribution to Victoria’s community harmony.
Refugee Week is a national initiative that aims to inform the public about refugees while celebrating their positive contribution to Australian society.
This year’s 23 nominated recipients have overcome personal hardship to help others through their involvement in volunteering and community services. These include sporting programs, helping young mothers with maternal health and helping new arrivals settle into Australia.
For more information visit www.multicultural.vic.gov.au