MCCI News January 2019
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Happy Birthday to the Burmese
Happy birthday to our Burmese friends who have been given the official birth date of 1 January in refugee camps before they arrived in Australia.

Many immigrants have never had birth certificates or left them behind when fleeing conflict. It is also the MCCI Burmese Social Group’s one year anniversary.
“We gave them roses and also key rings so that they remember to take their keys when leaving the house. In our culture we don’t use keys, the door is always open”, says Sha Ro, facilitator for the Burmese group.
Thanks to everyone for a great year. We love having you at the MCCI office every Friday.
Water Safe, Not Sorry
Swim between the flags and be 'Water Safe, Not Sorry' this summer! 20 children and their families from Lebanon and Syria came together for another successful MCCI Water Safety and Beach Orientation session at North Wollongong Surf Life Saving Club recently.
“It is a very important program for new arrivals because most of the families come from the inland and don’t know how to swim”, says Awatef Sawan who came from Lebanon 31 years ago and is now helping others to settle in Australia.
Thanks also to our partners for great collaboration – Surf Life Saving NSW and the NSW Government.
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Call for Volunteers 
We are expanding MCCI’s Community Visitor Scheme, come and volunteer for us!

The purpose of CVS is to train and support volunteers to visit residents from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds at residential homes and at home.

We are looking for Mandarin, German, Maltese, Croatian, Serbian, Turkish, Greek, Spanish, Italian, Macedonian and English speakers.

Contact MCCI on 4229 7566 or email for more information.
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NSW Seniors Week - Love Your Life
Seniors Week from 13 to 24 February is a celebration of love and a recognition of those of us who have lived longest. We have four events scheduled for the week – three of them are for FREE. 

Register now: 
Walking Soccer 19 February
Intergenerational Speed Talking 12 February
Ageing Well Information Session for CALD Seniors 20 February
Seniors Lunch and Expo 22 February
Pukapuka Community 50 Years
In 1968 Anita Johnston (photo second left) arrived in Balgownie and established the first Pukapukan community in Australia. 170 people came together to honour her and the community at a wonderful celebration at Russel Vale Community Centre in December.
“It was a great night, very successful and a fun night with food and entertainment by community members”, says Sarah Shannon, Anita’s daughter.
The event was supported by a grant from Multicultural NSW. Celebrating Diversity event grants of up to $10,000 are now open for non-profit sharing organisations in NSW. The grants have previously supported community Harmony Day celebrations, art, music and film festivals, and sporting events. Check Multicultural NSW's website for more information.
 Dementia Support
Becoming a Dementia Friend, joining us for the Dementia Australia Memory Walk or make a donation are ways you can show your support and raise awareness about dementia.
MCCI is continuing its work in support of people affected by dementia. Recently we joined the Dementia Alliance Group (DAG) in Kiama (photo) to promote the importance of Dementia Friendly Communities and on 3 March we are doing the Dementia Australia Memory Walk. Register and join our team or donate money.
Register with MCCI’s Dementia Warriors for the Walk here
Donate to support Dementia Australia here
Become a Dementia Friend here
Free online 7-week course Understanding Dementia (no exams and assignments) here
Return, Earn and Donate to MCCI
Remember that when you return your drink containers at Coles Warrawong or Coles Berkeley you have the option of donating to an organisation like MCCI. Check our website for more information.
Scholarships for Interpreting
Multicultural NSW is offering $100,000 of funding for up to 45 students across NSW to become interpreters of Assyrian, Burmese, Chaldean, Greek, Italian, Kirundi, Khmer, Kurmanji Kurdish, Maltese, Mongolian, Nepalese, Tamil, Thai, Tibetan, Tigrinya, Tongan, Pashto, Rohingya, Samoan and other languages. Read more here.
Young Researchers Wanted
20 young researchers (aged 18-25) are wanted to inform the NSW Government and the broader service delivery sector about concerns and opportunities facing young people from a refugee or refugee like background, and the design and delivery of policies. Email Multicultural NSW for more information.
Consultation on Workplace Sexual Harassment
The Australian Human Rights Commission is leading a National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces. The consultation will focus specifically on migrant workers’ and people on temporary visas experiences of workplace sexual harassment. Read more and register here.
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Wollongong, NSW 2500
Phone: 4229 7566

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