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Big welcome: Gold Coast friends Eliza Kerklaan, Alice Mabbutt and Catherine Santos at the Capuchin Friars’ benefit Welcome this month.

Big welcome: Gold Coast friends Eliza Kerklaan, Alice Mabbutt and Catherine Santos at the Capuchin Friars’ benefit Welcome this month.

YOUNG adults in Brisbane are working together with the Capuchin Friars in an ongoing project to support their outreach welcoming asylum seekers settling into Brisbane.

The project, known as Welcome, is a regular benefit for young adults, and aims to raise awareness and money for the friars’ outreach work, St Francis’ Place.

Over 150 young people attended the first Welcome night on May 10.

The event featured local live entertainment and performances, with Brisbane city Gospel choir and local musicians Joey Hizon, Beatrice Piat and Daniel O’Dell making headlines at the May event.

A group of Tamil asylum seekers also performed.

Participants from St Francis’ Place were able to connect with a diverse range of young people from across Brisbane archdiocese.

Capuchin Father Dean Mathieson said it was “wonderful” to see a diverse group of young people from around the Archdiocese.

“The friars really appreciate the support of the team of young people who worked so hard to organise this night,” Fr Mathieson said.

“We hoped that as well as being a fun night, it helped to raise awareness of the needs of many refugees who are trying to settle into Australia.”

Since March, the friars have offered English classes, meals and recreational activities at St Francis’ Place to support asylum seekers and refugees in Brisbane.

Young musicians interested in performing at Welcome or volunteering for St Francis’ Place should email capuchinfriars@gmail.com.

Written by: Staff writers
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