Hills Circle of Friends

Mission:
We are strong network of supportive individuals offering ongoing hope and help without judgement to people who are seeking asylum.
Vision:
For South Australia to become a state where refugees can live and be nurtured in a sense of safety and belonging within our community.

Your tireless hard work and generous support has made fantastic achievements possible.

Thank you

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“Home” by Warsan Shire

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no one leaves home unless
home is the mouth of a shark
you only run for the border
when you see the whole city running as well

your neighbors running faster than you
breath bloody in their throats
the boy you went to school with
who kissed you dizzy behind the old tin factory
is holding a gun bigger than his body
you only leave home
when home won’t let you stay.

no one leaves home unless home chases you
fire under feet
hot blood in your belly
it’s not something you ever thought of doing
until the blade burnt threats into
your neck
and even then you carried the anthem under
your breath
only tearing up your passport in an airport toilets
sobbing as each mouthful of paper
made it clear that you wouldn’t be going back.

you have to understand,
that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land
no one burns their palms
under trains
beneath carriages
no one spends days and nights in the stomach of a truck
feeding on newspaper unless the miles travelled
means something more than journey.
no one crawls under fences
no one wants to be beaten
pitied

no one chooses refugee camps
or strip searches where your
body is left aching
or prison,
because prison is safer
than a city of fire
and one prison guard
in the night
is better than a truckload
of men who look like your father
no one could take it
no one could stomach it
no one skin would be tough enough

the
go home blacks
refugees
dirty immigrants
asylum seekers
sucking our country dry
niggers with their hands out
they smell strange
savage
messed up their country and now they want
to mess ours up
how do the words
the dirty looks
roll off your backs
maybe because the blow is softer
than a limb torn off

or the words are more tender
than fourteen men between
your legs
or the insults are easier
to swallow
than rubble
than bone
than your child body
in pieces.
i want to go home,
but home is the mouth of a shark
home is the barrel of the gun
and no one would leave home
unless home chased you to the shore
unless home told you
to quicken your legs
leave your clothes behind
crawl through the desert
wade through the oceans
drown
save
be hunger
beg
forget pride
your survival is more important

no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear
saying-
leave,
run away from me now
i dont know what i’ve become
but i know that anywhere
is safer than here

 

Main photograph by Daniet Etter/New York Times/Redux /eyevine. Laith Majid cries tears of joy and relief that he and his children have made it to Europe.

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Warsan ShireWarsan Shire is a Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer and educator based in London. Born in 1988, Warsan has read her work extensively all over Britain and internationally – including recent readings in South Africa, Italy, Germany, Canada, North America and Kenya- and her début book, ‘TEACHING MY MOTHER HOW TO GIVE BIRTH’ (flipped eye), was published in 2011. Her poems have been published in Wasafiri, Magma and Poetry Review and in the anthology ‘The Salt Book of Younger Poets’ (Salt, 2011). She is the current poetry editor at SPOOK magazine. In 2012 she represented Somalia at the Poetry Parnassus, the festival of the world poets at the Southbank, London. She is a Complete Works II poet. Her poetry has been translated into Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Warsan is also the unanimous winner of the 2013 Inaugural Brunel University African Poetry Prize.

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The Calais Jungle Talk

Join us for the Calais Jungle Talk (French refugee camp) with our own hills resident Ali Reid, interviewed by Lainie Anderson Sunday Mail Columnist.

Ali will talk about her working trip to a Calais refugee camp and achievements with refugees.

Thursday June 30th
Stirling Coventry Library
63 Mount Barker Rd, Stirling
From 6pm
Entry by Gold Coin donation
Wine $5 by the glass (supplied by our own Meredyth and Kenn from
Norton Summit Vineyards)
Nibbles to share

(p.s. a group of us will ‘bring a plate’. If you would like to contribute, please let us know: contact@hillscircleoffriends.org)

Calais Refugee Talk Poster

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Alice Through The Looking Glass

Hills Circle of Friends May 2016 movie fundraiser:

Alice Through The Looking Glass

SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENING!!

Thursday, May 26th, 6.30pm
The Capri, Goodwood

Tickets:
Adults: $17
Students / Concession: $13
Group of 4: $60

Book Now:
https://www.trybooking.com/LESW

“Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock.

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Film Fundraiser!

The Romans Are Coming!

Join the Hills Circle of Friends for our first movie night fundraiser for 2016.

Four-time Oscar®-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, True Grit, Fargo) write and direct Hail, Caesar!, an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.

The comedy is produced by the Coen brothers under their Mike Zoss Productions banner alongside Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.

http://www.hailcaesarmovie.com

Hail, Ceasar!
February 25, 6:30pm
Capri Cinema (141 Goodwood Rd, Goodwood)
Tickets $17 Adult/ $13 Concession
Buy tickets on the night or secure your seat in advance by buying online from http://www.trybooking.com/179329

Watch the official trailer below:

Hail, Ceasar!

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Successful Tickle Tank Fundraiser!

What an incredible day Sunday’s Tickle Tank fundraiser was – so very successful! Irene Stone-Pearce’s magnificent home and stunning garden saw a constant stream of around 350 people through the gate, entertained by musicians, poets, raffles, plant sales and satiated by Devonshire teas, coffee, cakes and savouries!

Huge thanks go to Irene and her friend Jockie!

Thanks also to all of the musicians and wandering poets and of course all other volunteers who made this day one of the greatest fundraisers our group has ever held!

We raised just over $5000!!

A portion of this money will go towards the Red Cross Refugee Community Gardens Project. The rest will be used to fund ongoing projects supported by Hills Circle of Friends including refugees on Bridging Visas and Temporary Protection Visas in the community.

Thank you so much! Enjoy a few glimpses of the garden below…

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TickleTank Open Garden Fundraiser

TickleTank Open Garden Fundraiser

TickleTank Open Garden 2015

Join us for a delightful day exploring TickleTank open house and garden complete with live music, devonshire tea, wine and plant sales.

All proceeds to refugee and asylum seeker support projects.

TickleTank

November 22nd
10:30am- 4:00pm

Prices:
$10 Adult
$8 Concession
$25 Family

About Tickletank:

Tickletank, the home and garden of artist and gardener Irene Pearce has delighted and inspired thousands of visitors over many years. This intimate garden is wrapped closely around a number of concrete water storage tanks which Irene herself has transformed into a quirky but comfortable home, decorated with her colourful mosaics and creative artwork made from recycled objects. The garden also features innovative ideas, recycled objects and a marvelous mosaic driveway which adds permanent colour to an already colourful display of hardy cottage perennials and self seeding annuals mixed with Australian native plants and succulents.

http://www.adelaidehillsmagazine.com.au/tickletank

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