Launch in Darwin and Perth!

We are incredibly excited to have launched in our last 2 states of Australia, just in time for The Welcome Dinner Project’s second birthday!!!

Huge gratitude goes to our Coordinators Amanda Gunn (Darwin) and Rachelle Rose (Perth) who weaved their magic and brought all the pieces together for a successful launch.


Here’s a short reflection from Amanda:

Saturday 25 March was a very exciting day for Darwin with the launch of the Welcome Dinner Project. Penny Elsley led the Dinner with seven freshly trained facilitators by her side putting their training into action. There was a good turn out for the event and everyone had a great time sharing in the array of food and making new friends. One participant shared with the group that attending the dinner was like an ‘answered prayer’ as she had been wanting to connect with the Darwin community and really get to know the people and culture. The launch went off without a hitch and we wish to extend a very special thank you to our supporters, the Melaleuca Refugee Centre and Nightcliff Uniting Church for their support, assistance and use of venues.

The first of many home dinners for Darwin will take place on Saturday 18 April in Fannie Bay. We will have a date for the next one available soon so watch this space! We are also in the planning stages for a community style dinner to be held as part of World Refugee Week in conjunction with Melaleuca Refugee Centre.


The launch in Perth also went off without a hitch, beginning with an Information session at Amnesty West Perth. Here’s some pics from the Perth launch dinner at the Herb Graham Centre in Mirrabooka, a huge milestone, being our biggest Welcome Dinner ever!!


Melaleuca Refugee Centre Darwin

Nightcliff Uniting Church Darwin

Edmund Rice Centre Mirrabooka (Perth)

Herb Graham Recreation Centre Mirrabooka (Perth)

Apex Perth

Amnesty International

and many more supporters, expecially our volunteer Welcome Dinner Project Coordinators:

Amanda Gunn (Darwin) and Rachelle Rose (Perth)

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