Welcome to ‘The Show with No Name’ Series 1, Episode 12, 2 May 2019. Dreamed up by Theonie Roussianos and Adaire Palmer to help people in your local community to raise their profile and encourage awareness and support for what matters to them and their communities. We also help not-for-profits, charities and service to connect with communities to raise brand awareness and help staff and volunteers working within them to become the best #BrandChampions they can be for their cause. To interact with us during the live broadcast, make sure you’re watching over at the original source on Mytimetv.live here https://www.facebook.com/MyTimetv.live/videos/1352265294930659/
Nikala Sim is a former Fairfax Media journalist, former acting advertising art director for Cosmopolitan Magazine, and is a business owner at The Refugee Roundtable, who has an incredible story to share with us today. She is a perfect example of how one person can make a positive impact to turn around the life of not just one person, but an entire community.
The mission of The Refugee Roundtable is to create a community of refugees, asylum-seekers and their advocates with the intent to empower and provide opportunity.
In 2016 a friend said she thought Nikala would be interested in a Facebook group. It was run by refugees in Papua New Guinea on Manus Island. That launched her on a path that has been tumultuous, heart-breaking and eye-opening. Over the last two years Nikala has come to understand the conditions under which refugees and asylum-seekers are held by Australia in offshore detention in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. These conditions fall far below what she’d expect of a multi-billion dollar policy run by a first world country. Once Nikala became aware of the facts she realised she could not look away. She has assisted hundreds of these people to put forward requests for medical care. Many are now in Australia. As a journalist it has been very hard to know what she knows and not say anything. But she put everything through a filter – will it help or will it harm. In the vast majority of instances the harm flag is raised so she say nothing. Because this is about people. Quite simply people who had to leave their homes, their families because they were not safe. That’s it. The Refugee Roundtable was born of my desire to continue to work to empower refugees. The concept is simple. Market refugee-owned businesses to people who want to support.