IN NEED: A girl carries cartons of soup as Syrian refugees queue for food as they rest beside the highway on their way to the border between Turkey and Greece.
IN NEED: A girl carries cartons of soup as Syrian refugees queue for food as they rest beside the highway on their way to the border between Turkey and Greece. BULENT KILIC

Will you help refugees?

PEOPLE willing to help support a Syrian refugee family on the Sunshine Coast will meet at Buderim this afternoon.

The Federal Government has increased its humanitarian intake by 12,000 people in an effort to helpt Europe with the massive influx of asylum seekers pouring out of war-torn Syria.

Jocelyn Geraghty said she was hopeful of a strong turn-out from people willing to help settle a family here.

The goal was to find a home for a family and to then provide a support network.

In 2013 the Australian Homestay Network attracted 400 expressions of interest from Sunshine Coast families, with more than 60 ultimately hosting refugees before the government stopped allowing them out of detention.

Ms Geraghty said what was being proposed this time was for homes to be found for refugee families who would be helped to get on their feet to go on to become important members of the community.

Today's forum will be held from 5.30pm at St Mary's, 24 King Street Buderim.

Would you take a refugee into your home?

This poll ended on 30 September 2015.

Current Results

No, but I'd like to help in some other way.

7%

Yes, I would like to help.

21%

No, I'm not particularly compassionate toward refugees.

71%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


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