Meet the panel of Mary Meets Mohammad

Mary Meets Mohammed will be followed by a discussion on “asylum seekers and the power of storytelling”. Guest speakers include Gabriella Bornstein (ASRC), Desh Balasubramaniam (founder of Ondru Arts-Voiceless Journeys Project), journalist Daniel Horsley (Unique Voices), who will be along to talk about their projects and the use of art and writing as a platform to express refugees stories. A representative from The Welcome Group Inc will also be along to talk about their Winter Stitch Challenge and other projects supporting refugees.

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Tuesday 29th April 2014 | 7pm (Doors open 6.30pm) |Bella Union Trades Hall – Cnr of Victoria Pde and Lygon St Carlton | Cost: Online: $12/$15 +BF | Door: $17/$20


Daniel HorselyDaniel Horsley – Journalist
Unique Voices

There’s something broken about the way an issue is reported when an overwhelming amount of these stories aren’t involving the thoughts and anecdotes of those affected the most. There’s never been a more imperative time for refugees to tell their own stories their own way. Daniel aims to address this through Unique Voices.

Daniel is a journalist studying a masters in journalism at The University of Melbourne’s Centre for Advancing Journalism. In October 2013 he launched a website which allows refugees and asylum seekers to write their own stories.

DeshDesh Balasubramaniam Founder/Director at Ondru Arts
Voiceless Journeys

Ondru is a rising movement of arts & literature. Voiceless Journeys is a multi-art project that aims to celebrate the cultural diversity and raise awareness about the journey, struggle, survival and achievements of people from diverse backgrounds who had left their countries as a result of internal problems or conflicts to make their life in Australia; people who positively shape our communities. Desh founded Ondru June 2009. He focuses on developing and realising art projects as well as driving the strategic direction of Ondru.

gab picGabriella Bornstein


Gabriella’s passion about refugee issues stems for her family’s background and has led to her involvement with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

She has extensive public speaking experience having been involved in debating and mooting at national and international level over the past five years. She was recognised by Monash University Law Faculty as the best advocate of 2011.

Gabriella is currently completing a Science/Law degree at Monash University. She particularly enjoys training others in public speaking and advocacy skills and is responsible for training speakers at the ASRC.

Gabriella has also taught English and Numeracy in Tanzania and has recently returned from studying at King’s College London.



Rod Hysted – Committee Member
The Welcome Group Inc

The Welcome Group is for those who want to extend a welcome to refugees via every day acts and who want to help humanise the refugee debate. The Welcome Group are a non-political community focused group that aims to have a direct impact on the support of newly arrived refugees. The Welcome Group Inc deliver programs to support newly arrived refugees in the community with a focus on those on Bridging Visa E’s with no work rights. Community Team Member and Volunteer, Ayatullah will also be along to share his story.


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