Zara's House women's refugee centre hopes to raise extra funds to buy Jesmond property by Christmas

Matthew Kelly
Updated December 17 2018 - 4:30pm, first published 5:30am
Meeting place:  Sr Di Santleben, right, with Alyaa Al-Attabi and her son Mohamed Hejeejo outside the old church at Jesmond that Zara's House is in the process of buying. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
Meeting place: Sr Di Santleben, right, with Alyaa Al-Attabi and her son Mohamed Hejeejo outside the old church at Jesmond that Zara's House is in the process of buying. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Refugee advocate Sister Diana Santleben knows first hand what the Newcastle community is capable of when there is a good cause in need of support

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Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly

Journalist

Matthew Kelly has worked as a journalist for more than 25 years. He has been working as a general reporter at the Newcastle Herald since 2018. In recent years he has reported on subjects including environment, energy, water security, manufacturing and higher education. He has previously covered issues including the health and environmental impacts of uncovered coal wagons in the Hunter Valley, the pollution of legacy of former industrial sites and freedom of information issues.

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