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Leaflet - Austcare Assists Refugee Children Around the World, Austcare, circa 1996 Document Reg. No: SH 991098

Alternative name: Order Form.

Leaflet promoting the work done by Austcare to assist refugee children. It includes an image of one of the Greeting Cards designed by artist Thomas Le in 1996 to assist with Austcare's fundraising.

Thomas escaped Vietnam at the age of 16. Since arriving in Australia he has put himself through an Art and Design course at Preston TAFE and Phillip Institute and now runs his own Graphic Design business. He also creates his own artwork in the form of a visual diary of his life, including the many traumatic experiences he believes he has to deal with by painting them out of his system. Thomas donated the images of the cards to Austcare which seeks to help refugee children throughout the world. He views this as a way of giving something back for his new life in Australia for others who are suffering.
Green A4 sized leaflet folded into thirds. The front has a picture of the cow greeting card (a cow in green, yellow, white, blue, pink and red on a pink and yellow background), with AUSTCARE in red across the top of the leaflet and extensive text printed in white below. Inside the leaflet is extensive text, in three panels, printed in black on a white background. The first panel tells the story of artist Thomas Le's experience as a political prisoner in Vietnam and his escape to Thailand. The second panel explores the plight of child refugees and the third panel provides examples of AUSTCARE's programs which are specifically aimed at assisting refugee children. The back of the leaflet tells Esma's story, a child who grew up in the former Yugoslavia, her father and brother were dragged out of their home and killed and Esma, her mother and sisters were taken from their home to a succession of camps before finding safety in a refugee hostel. The back of the leaflet provides additional information on the types of programs run by Austcare and information on how the reader can help. The inside flap of the leaflet space for entering donation information, personal details and credit card details.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Thomas Le, 1999
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 10.10 cm (Width), 21.10 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: charities, refugees, vietnamese communities, vietnamese culture, vietnamese immigration, political prisoners, refugee children
Themes this item is part of: Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection, Thomas Le, Vietnamese Migrant & Artist, 1980, Childhood & Youth Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Community Activity
Tertiary Classification: fundraising
Inscriptions: On front cover: AUSTCARE/ASSISTS REFUGEE CHILDREN AROUND THE WORLD/Did you know that hundreds of/thousands of refugee children go/to sleep hungry every night? Or that/only one refugee child out of eight/has ever been to school? Most/ refugee children have never been/to the movies, or the park, much less/to a museum. Many grow up behind/barbed wire or in isolated camps./They've never seen a cow or a dog./Too many refugee children think/green grass is womething to eat,/not something upon which to romp/and run. Refugee children are the/saddest part of my job.
Issued By: Austcare, Australia, circa 1996
Artist: Mr Thomas Le, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1996

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