TEN computers donated to refugee families by an Albury-Wodonga business will provide an essential tool for those seeking to start their lives in a new country, a support group member said yesterday.
Mary Doyle, the fund-raising co-ordinator with the Murray Valley Sanctuary Refugee Group, said while there was still some work to be done in cleaning up the hard drives of the computers donated by GHD, the families who would receive them would make good use of an item that would otherwise be something they would have to wait to be able to afford.
“Those we support are very motivated to learn; they want to go to university and get a job,” Ms Doyle said.
“Some of them have children in school who need computers for homework and they want to be able to access emails as well.
“Computers are as essential for refugees as they are for anyone else, but it is not something either they or we can afford.
“We supply them with basic household white goods and linen, pillows and blankets but computers are a luxury.”
GHD regional manager Colin Elliott said the company generally upgraded its computers every couple of years and tried to find a good home for those that became surplus to their needs.
“This time around we picked the Murray Valley Sanctuary Refugee Group, based on a Wodonga TAFE recommendation,” he said.
“I thought the group was very worthy in assisting refugees to settle into our community.
“The computers come in handy because they allow them to run their lives and stay in contact via emails, as well as being able to write up CVs and job applications.”
Mr Elliott said other Border firms might like to contribute surplus, but still serviceable computers to the group.
“It’s important that the equipment needs to be serviceable,” he said.
“It is not an opportunity to dump all your old and out-of-date IT equipment for free.”