Welcome to Australia
The Asylum Sneakers Project
Arcade adapted graphics from the Welcome to Australia Campaign and created the ‘Asylum Sneaker’ designs for the ‘sneakers for refugees campaign during the 2014 World Cup.Hyundai A-League Player Jake Barker-Daish and Les Murray are both Ambassadors of the Campaign run during the World Cup coverage in 2014 to sell the T-shirts and raise funds to buy refugee kids soccer boots as a social bridge to Australia.
The Campaign was organised by ‘Welcome to Australia and supported by Chuffed.
My Journey: Les Murray
I’m a football man. I’m also a refugee.
My family and I left our home in Hungary in 1956 to seek a better life after the 1956 uprising was crushed by Soviet tanks. Eventually we were resettled in Australia.
Growing up in Wollongong, my love of football, the game I’d enjoyed on the streets of Hungary, grew. Being involved in football, even as a spectator, helped me settle as an immigrant and in fact helped me fit in. It was at a football match, supporting the Socceroos – 12 years after my arrival – that I first felt truly Australian.
I know how powerful football can be – it’s the most egalitarian of sports, very simple and very cheap to play. I want to help other young refugees and asylum seekers in their journey, through football. For many, football is a source of hope and a way for them to start healing from the traumas of the refugee experience. It helps give them a sense of purpose and belonging, as well as an opportunity to practise English and socialise with other children.
When I reflect on my own journey in Australia, I feel bewildered and disenchanted by how my fellow refugees are being treated today. Current policies and attitudes are so far removed from the welcome I remember receiving and certainly don’t reflect the generous spirit of most Australians whom I’ve come to know. I think it’s time to intervene. We can show asylum seekers that Australians do care about their future, and that they are welcome here.
Welcome To Australia – http://welcometoaustralia.org.au/
Asylum Sneaker Video at top created by Content Productions – http://www.contentproductions.com.au/lifestyle.html