For the past four years successive Australian governments have chosen to make people seeking safety suffer in offshore detention.
The men, women and children abandoned in offshore detention are in immediate danger with nowhere safe to go.
So on July 19, we will gather across the country for a candlelit vigil and shine a light in the dark. We will stand with those who have suffered, mourn those who have lost their lives and demand everyone on Manus and Nauru be brought to safety.
Events are springing up all over the country, as people who care bring their creativity and talents together and organise local vigils to make sure those on Manus and Nauru know we will not abandon them.
A vigil will be held in Bellingen between at 5.30 and 6.30pm on Wednesday, July 19 at Lavendars Bridge Park. Bring a candle, torch or mobile with a candle app and join us in peaceful protest and reflection. In the event of rain we will meet outside the Alternative Book Shop on the western end of Bellingen.
This national campaign has been organised by GetUp and this local event in support has been promoted and organised by Rural Australians for Refugees Bellingen and Nambucca Group.