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Sleepout Results

Results of Vinnies' CEO sleepout have just been posted on the National News of 30 June  on the website www.vinnies.org.au saying that an amount of almost 6 million dollars.was raised nationally with 1475 CEOs participating. Results for individual cities can be compared by reading the column graph shown on Vinnies ceosleepout. This website also displays photos of the top fundraisers together with their target and actual amount raised, and some words of wisdom about homelessness. More information can be seen on Facebook.

 The night of the sleepout was bitterly cold and wet Canberra giving the CEOs a taste of sleeping rough. A video showing them, building their cardboard tents was made as the background to a welcoming speech by our National Council, Dr John Falzon who thanked all participants and their supporters and also praised those real life suffering homeless people for their heroism.

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Naidoc Week 2016
 
 
Naidoc Week is the annual celebration of the culture of Australian Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. This year, Naidoc week will be held from the 3rd to the 10th of July and the theme is " Songlines: The living narrative of our nation".In more detail,
Songlines are records in songs, stories and dance describing the dreamtime tracks of the ancestral spirits that created the formation of the land and all the living creatures, They are also maps for showiing trade routes, waterhole sites and locations of food.
 
Niadoc Week is celebrated in indigenous communities, schools, local councils  workplaces and tourist spots. Events include 
  • A hall of fame featuring outstanding indigenous people
  • Listening to music played by indigenous musicians
  • Running an art competition
  • Visiting an historical aboriginal site
  • Holding a talk by an indigenous elder.
Our National  CEO, Dr John Falzon, has some thoughtful words to say about Naidoc: "May we listen to voices of the Old People and dream of a different of society, one that goes beyond that which is built on colonisation and inequality. 
 
 

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World Refugee Day 20/6/2016
 
Last Tuesday was World Refugee Day and Dr John Falzon, our National,CEO, took the opportunity of this global event and the proximity of the Federal Election to tell political leaders and candidates from all sides of politics that we can do better for refugees seeking our protection. He says "World Refugee Day celebrates the positive contributions refugees make to Australia, and also provides an opportunity to reflect on our unjust treatment of asylum seekers and refugees". He goes on to urge our political leaders to abandon the policies of offshore processing and fast-track processing and focus on more humane procedures. He agrees that identity, medical and security checks are necessary but the Society opposes mandatory and indefinite detention. Furthermore, Dr Falzon tells us that the grossly unfair fast -track processing system for certain boat people narrows the definition of an asylum seeker and may remove the right for an independent review.
 
For more visit www.vinnies.org.au and press the News menu item.

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Vinnies Winter Appeal – All Masses This Weekend

Appeal Envelopes in Pews

Dear Parishioners,

  • The Avalon and Mona Vale St Vincent De Paul conferences are again seeking your generosity in supporting this year’s Winter Appeal
  • Our basic commitment is, as always, visiting the poor and disadvantaged in their homes in our parish, and rendering appropriate assistance and care
  • We are also called upon to support special works of the Society including support for the homeless (Matthew Talbot Hostel), refugees and our “Youth Reach” centre at Brookvale
  • Our conferences also assist other conferences in our diocese of Broken Bay who are overrun with families experiencing extreme difficulties including family separation, unemployment, children at risk and domestic violence
  • Our conferences are also “twinned” with conferences in India and Indonesia in districts where poverty and homelessness is extreme and we are committed to a small annual contribution, on your behalf to help ease their burden.
  • Your tax deductible donation in the envelope provided, may be placed in the poor box at any time or left in the piety stall or in the plate next week or after – tax receipts will be issued if requested
  • Thank you for your generosity

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