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World Refugee Day 2015

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World Refugee Day will be celebrated in Charlotte, NC on June 20, 2015, in conjunction with celebrations of refugees around the world. The event will be held from 10 AM-1 PM at The Green in Uptown Charlotte.

The event seeks to accomplish the following mission:

  • To increase awareness of refugees living internationally and within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.
  • To celebrate the cultures and contributions of refugees living within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.

 In order to accomplish this objective, the World Refugee Day Committee has been meeting regularly to plan, advertise and fundraise for the celebration of this event. The Committee is comprised of representatives from various local agencies that work in collaboration to address the various, and often complex needs, of the refugee community in Charlotte. The program will include musical/dance performances from various ethnic groups and tables surrounding the park where you can learn more about refugees living in Charlotte as well as the organizations that work to connect them to services and resources.

The WRD Committee has also received authorization from Charlotte-Mecklenburg County officials to officially proclaim June 20th as World Refugee Day for city and county jurisdictions.

If you would like to donate to the event or simply learn more about the event, please visit our website (http://www.worldrefugeedayclt.com/). We invite you all to join in this rich celebration of refugees living in our community and embrace a simple but powerful phrase. 

“Welcome neighbor.”

By Patrick Costanzo
Assistant Facilitator-Refugee Youth Program

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