The Treloar Monument, in Ballarat, spearheaded by Pontiaki Estia, has been warmly received by the people of the town. They see it as symbolising the need for displaying compassion to all refugees. Coins, and the refugee badge pictured are being left in the cup held by the refugee girl, Lemona, by locals.

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Pontiaki Estia and the people supporting it, have managed to use their own personal history to touch the hearts of all Australians and to make a poignant point about the need for solidarity and compassion for the vulnerable in these troubled times, which transcends ethno-linguistic boundaries. This is our community at its very best.

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