100 Stripey Monkeys for Acceptance & Respect
is a community inclusion project that has involved newly arrived migrants and community members working together over the past six months to make stripey monkeys from recycled materials. Using old scarves, well loved jumpers and outgrown children’s clothes these workshops have involved over 200 participants meeting in Truffles cafe, Vegilicious Restaurant, at schools and in people’s home to make well over 100 monkeys. Each monkey is named and loved and the stripes represent multicultural Australia and remind us that everyone deserves a chance to be happy, safe, accepted and respected. The stripey monkeys are for sale and profits will support new migrant training programs at Space2b. Every fifth monkey made goes to a child in detention.
Every year we make stripey products such as monkeys, bags and hats and celebrate with a festival in march during Diversity week.
‘Although we have different cultures, religions and experiences and have come to Australia at different times and for varied reasons, we all have the same needs, feelings and families that we want to protect, keep safe and happy’.