A couple of days ago I opened an email from a lovely woman Michele with this picture and immediately burst into tears:
I remembered the story Michele had told me when she bought the cushion a few months ago. She bought it because her Mum and her mum's partner Geoff have been long term advocates of Asylum Seekers and they visit Villawood detention centre on a weekly basis to offer support to those illegally imprisoned there.
Michele had found the cushions on Etsy on the same day the man in the picture who is a refugee from Sri Lanka was coming to stay with her mum and Geoff that night. He has been granted residency and is now waiting for his family to have theirs granted too.
To see this photo, to see a refugee from Sri Lanka and Michele and her wonderful supportive family holding my cushion makes me cry so much. To know that this man, who Michele describes as kind and caring from Sri Lanka and his family know that there are so many people here in Australia who welcome asylum seekers with understanding and compassion without discrimination, who understand what asylum seekers have fled from, the trauma they have been through and the anguish of being separated from family and loved ones, well it really does make me feel good.
I have mentioned before that I have got some pretty horrible emails in the past about this cushion but this just makes me determined to make more.
this year I want to double that!
So to celebrate Michele and her family and their lovely photo if you would like your own cushion cover please use the coupon code ICARE at checkout for a 10% discount.
Thanks so much Michele.