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Dear APN Members,
Welcome to the APN Bulletin. Please read and enjoy. We welcome contributions.
“Healthy Eyes” Art Competition
We’re calling on Aboriginal children and teenagers from age 7 to 17, to use their imagination and create art work to help the Community identify as Aboriginal when getting their eyes tested.
The theme of the artwork is “Healthy Eyes”.
The winner will receive Ray-Ban sunglasses, a $150 gift card and a Certificate of Recognition.
Second prize: Oakley sunglasses and a Certificate of Recognition.
The artworks will be featured in optometrists’ clinics throughout Greater Geelong, publications and Deakin University’s Indigenous Entry Stream for Optometry.
Entries close Friday 8 March 2019
See terms and Conditions attached (click on picture or here)
Have your say: Register today to present at the @National Youth Commission Inquiry AU into Youth Employment and Transitions public https://nycinquiry.org.au/hearings. The next public hearings are:
👉 MELB 5-7 March | Preston 12-13 March | Dandenong 14-15 March | Sunshine 25-26 March | Geelong 28-29 March 👈 http://bit.ly/NYC_PublicHearings
Speak Up - Speak Out
A new program Speak Up, Speak Out will be launching this year in Term 2. Speak Up, Speak Out is funded by DHHS and delivered in partnership between The Long Walk and Merri Health. The program will engage Aboriginal children aged 10-12 years in Hume/Moreland and provide fun, interactive and engaging workshops; delivering content around respectful relationships education and gender equity, bystander training, as well as connection to culture and community.
We are currently seeking to recruit participants for the program, and we are asking for your assistance to refer suitable young people in grades 5 & 6 who attend school in Hume or Moreland. The program is entirely free of charge, with transport and food provided. The fortnightly workshops will be held at the Essendon Football Club, with the addition of an exciting overnight camp in Healesville in June.
Workshops will be facilitated by Courtenay Dempsey, Project Officer for Speak Up, Speak Out (and ex-AFL football player for the Essendon Bombers) and Russ Pirie, Community Arts and Development Officer at Merri Health. Many of the workshops will also include specialised sessions facilitated by experts in the field of gender equity, respectful relationships, or specialised cultural activities. The workshops will run over the school lunchtime on Wednesdays from approximately 12.30pm-2.00pm (exact time TBC), with extra time for bus pick up and drop off.
The content of the program is being overseen by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, to ensure that the content is culturally appropriate. I have attached the flyer for the program. Please feel free to distribute through your networks, to teachers, families or young people.
Film & Footy Fun Day Sunday 25 February at Darebin North East Community Hub
We’d love to invite you to our Film & Footy Fun Day (flier) on Sunday 24 February at Darebin North East Community Hub
Together with Spark Health and 3KnD Community Radio, the Intercultural Centre and Darebin North East Community Hub (DNECH) are hosting a fun day celebrating health and wellbeing through community, culture and sport.
This free event will include joining in the fun of Traditional Aboriginal Games, a BBQ lunch, and a chance to watch ‘The Merger’ – a new Australian comedy which explores the unifying power of sport as a football coach tries to save the club by recruiting recently settled refugees.
We will also be screening the short film ‘Front and Centre: achieving gender equality on and off the field’.
The Smoking Ceremony and Welcome to Country begin at 10.30am and the event runs until 2pm.
Feel free to invite colleagues, friends, family, and community members.
The 2019 Molly Hadfield Social Justice Oration – delivered by Maxine Beneba Clarke (see flier)
Molly Hadfield, made an invaluable contribution to Darebin and Victoria as a long-time campaigner for women’s rights, senior’s rights, public education, community health and peace. Molly Hadfield led by example and was an inspiration to many in our community. In 2013, Darebin Council instituted the Molly Hadfield OAM Social Justice Oration, as an annual and the main event to be held in celebration of International Women’s Day. The oration is a proactive way of remembering Molly’s legacy by providing a platform for women in our community to explore and discuss key social justice issues.
We are delighted to announce that this year the oration will be delivered by author and social justice advocate, Maxine Beneba Clarke.
Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. Maxine's short fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in numerous publications nationally. Maxine is the author of six books including Foreign Soil (2014), The Hate Race (2016) and the Patchwork Bike.
The evening will also include MC, Lorraine Ngwenya, and performer, Dear Matilda.
Date: Thursday 7 March 2019
Time: 6.30pm - 8pm (doors open at 6pm)
Venue: Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street Northcote
You can register for the 2019 Molly Hadfield Social Justice Oration here.
The City of Darebin celebrates International Women’s Day with special events and activities which take place throughout the municipality during the month of March. Visit www.darebin.vic.gov.au/IWD for further details.