Reaching out to help immigrants

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Reach multicultural group members including Landy Fang, Claudia Quinchoa, Sophia Kim, Jiwan Kim and Antanette Jayakody had a lot of fun playing frisbee golf at Queens Park, in Invercargill, on Saturday.
International members of the  group enjoyed their day connecting in the park.
Reach director and community coach Jennifer Richardson said the group met every two weeks to enjoy social activities.
The Invercargill Christian Centre initiative was designed to assist new international arrivals with social, cultural and language support as they integrated into the community.
 Three of the six group leaders, who were also immigrants to New Zealand, understood the importance for new arrivals to connect with others socially and the challenges they faced.
 Mrs Richardson said it was also important for the Southland community to show new arrivals the kind of hospitality and support which would allow them to feel welcomed and quickly settle in Southland.
Members of the group originated from Sri Lanka, Korea, Colombia, China, Brazil, Canada and the United States.
Photo: Supplied
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