The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-01T02:53:27Z Original Piece of the Berlin Wall Travels from Blacktown to Woollahra For Commemoration 2019-11-01T02:53:27Z original-piece-of-the-berlin-wall-travels-from-blacktown-to-woollahra-for-commemoration An authentic piece of the Berlin Wall hiding away in a storehouse in Blacktown, Sydney for over a decade, is to be transported to the German Cultural Centre, the Goethe-Institut in Woollahra, for permanent public display.    This rare piece of history is not small. Almost 4 metres tall, made from concrete and weighing 2.4 tonnes, the wall is well-preserved, still displaying original graffiti with the words: ‘Jeder hat Kraft’ - ‘Everyone is powerful’.   The official inauguration of the display on 23rd November 2019 will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, one of the most notable events of the 20th century.   The piece of the wall has been donated by the current owner and will be installed and displayed at Euroka Reserve, a small public garden in front of the Institut with the support of international freight company Henning Harders.   Organised by the Goethe-Institut and Woollahra Council, the public celebration will include a welcome by the Mayor of Woollahra, Councillor Susan Wynne, the German Consul General Peter Silberberg and the Goethe-Institut Director Sonja Griegoschewski. Guests will have the opportunity to see the poster exhibition “The Power of Emotions” and listen to a panel of witnesses who will share their personal memories of the historic event in 1989. Goethe Institut Director Sonja Griegoschewski shares her excitement about the event: “For almost 50 years the Goethe-Institut in Woollahra has been a cornerstone of German-Australian cultural relations. As a born Berliner, I am deeply touched by the opportunity to share such an important piece of German history with the Australian public.” “What once symbolised division is now a symbol of what brings us together. Having a piece of the Berlin Wall installed in Woollahra on the 30th anniversary of such an iconic event is an important reminder to us not to take for granted the peace and freedom we enjoy,” Woollahra Mayor Susan Wynne comments. “It is well placed at the Goethe-Institut, which is dedicated to fostering international cultural cooperation.”   “The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the beginning of a new era of freedom, not only for East Germans, but also for many other people in Central and Eastern Europe” says the German Consul General, Peter Silberberg. “It was the beginning of the processes which led to the unification of the then two German states less than a year later and paved the way to overcome the trenches that had divided Europe into East and West for more than 40 years.”   Event date: 23 November 2019 Time: 3pm to 6pm Address: Goethe-Institut, 90 Ocean Street, Woollahra 2025 NSW Contact: Sonja Griegoschewski Director Australia Goethe-Institut sonja.griegoschewski@goethe.de Phone: 02 8356 8333   www.goethe.de/australia www.facebook.com/goetheinstitut.australien instagram.com/gi_australien twitter.com/GI_Australien   About the Goethe-Institut The Goethe-Institut is the cultural liaison between Germany and Australia. We are a not for profit, independent cultural organisation with a global reach. Our mandate is to promote the study of the German language abroad, and to encourage and facilitate international cultural exchange. The Goethe-Institut has 158 branches in 98 countries. Our branch in Melbourne was founded in 1972, followed by the Sydney branch in 1974. We work with partners and networks across Australia. Aomaijia's e-platform transforming how Australasian brands connect with and support Chinese customers 2019-09-15T23:27:36Z new-sales-platform-revolutionizes-the-way-australian-businesses-connect-with-and-track-their-chinese-customers SYDNEY - (ACN Newswire) - For the first time Australian manufacturers targeting online Chinese consumers can market and sell their products directly to consumers on a dedicated overseas brands platform, cutting out agents and maintaining better control of their branding and distribution into the world's biggest market. One of China's fastest-growing e-commerce businesses, Aomaijia Group today signed agreements with five leading Australian companies; Sukin, Kids Smart, NESTLE Australia, b.box and TASMAN UGG. They will join other Australian brands Swisse and Blackmores, which are already available across the e-commerce platform. In total, Aomaijia sells more than 100,000 product lines across 3,000 individual brands.Aomaijia (pronounced OW-MY-GEE-ARE) has developed China's most innovative integrated e-commerce platform which does not simply sell overseas made products to end users but provides an entire suite of services that deliver products from the supplier, through the supply chain, sales channels and consumer delivery.Unlike China's two best-known online retail platforms, Taobao and T-Mall, 90% percent of products on Aomaijia are international brands. This differentiates the platform as one focussed entirely on supporting the branding strategy of international manufacturers.Speaking in Sydney today at the signing of these agreements, Aomaijia Group CEO Ms. Liping Liu said, "Even though most of our sales go through digital channels we are not simply an online mall. Other online trading platforms allow overseas companies to connect very quickly with millions of Chinese consumers; but they have significant limitations."The biggest drawback is that online malls sell many products through second-hand agents who may or, in many cases, may not be appointed by product producers. They generate sales but the trade-off is a loss of control in branding, distribution and retail pricing."Aomaijia distinguishes itself by only dealing directly with manufacturers, or their appointed agencies."The Aomaijia platform was created to give suppliers, like those in Australia, control of their branding in China but also control over distribution, sales volumes and ultimately their profits." said Aomaijia CEO Ms Liu.Australian brands will not only benefit from access to China's most sophisticated retail e-commerce platform, Aomaijia can supply an entire suite of services from supply chain financing and management through to technical services and tracking end users through tailor-made CRM solutions.Aomaijia's business to consumer (B2C) sales rest on three platforms; a mobile phone app, an online retail site, and a mini sales program operated on the WeChat social media platform. It also has 14 physical stores in key locations across all of China's major first-tier cities, including: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Zhuhai and Wuxi. The company has an aggressive roll-out strategy with plans to open nearly 100 stores nationwide in the coming year.Aomaijia calls its retail outlets Dual-line Stores which help customers to get efficient shopping experience. Its two major advantages are that it gives consumers confidence that they are buying authentic brands; and they have the opportunity to physically sample new product lines which may not be familiar in China.One of the unique aspects of the Dual-line Store is that Aomaijia's platform allows consumers to track individual products right across the supply chain from entry into China to point-of-sale. This gives Chinese consumers absolute confidence that they are purchasing genuine products through proper channels.Established in 2015 in Guangdong (China's richest province by GDP) the company launched its online platform the following year. In first half year of 2019 the company's total customer base grew more than 200% and it now has more than 30 million registered users across its three digital platforms. Let's Talk Vape Etiquette 2019-09-15T17:04:34Z let-s-talk-vape-etiquette Let's Talk Vape Etiquette Just with about everything we do there is an etiquette that we all need to keep in mind. Let's have a look at the vaping etiquette and try to keep this in mind the next time we are using e-cigarettes. In public be mindful of people around you when blowing out clouds. People around you might not like having a blinding puff of cloud in their face. Always try to blow your clouds away from people and be respectful. Judgement of devices is something to avoid if you have been vaping for a long time. There will be others around you using different devices but this is no reason to judge. Instead share you knowledge about vaping and your device. Aggression towards smokers is also an area to steer away from. People always do what they like in their own time. Instead of being aggressive and trying to force others into vaping explain the benefits and do not push. Be polite and patient. Vaping in doors is another area to take into consideration. Just like when vaping in public we do not blow clouds into other peoples faces, it is important to recognise that other around us may not like the smell or it may not be allowed in certain closed environments. These are our recommendations at Vape Street Australia. If you have any questions or would like further information on vaping please send us an email or follow our upcoming articles Bendigo Writers Festival 2019 program 2019-07-03T01:22:51Z bendigo-writers-festival-2019-program-1 Bendigo Writers Festival has unveiled the full three-day program for August 9 to 11, with a galaxy of stars and a supernova of sessions set to light up the end of winter. “We’ve dusted off the mirror balls, for a bit of retro party-time,” Capital Venues and Events manager David Lloyd says. “With a new venue to add to our constellation, the Festival Precinct will now be even more accessible and welcoming, so audiences will enjoy hearing all the absolutely brilliant writers on this year’s program.” The Festival launch was held at Bendigo Bowls Club, which will host sessions throughout the day, and then become the Festival Club on Friday and Saturday nights. Festival director Rosemary Sorensen announced the international writers on the program, as well as some of the 150 Australian speakers heading to Bendigo in August. Festival guest Greg Fleet spoke about the writing life, as a comedian, memoirist and novelist. Feature events in Ulumbarra Theatre at the Festival this year include Friday night’s World of Food with Food Safari presenter, Maeve O’Meara. On Saturday night, world-renowned astrobiologist Paul Davies tackles the biggest question of them all - What Is Life? And for a dazzling finale, the internationally acclaimed surgeon Munjed Al Muderis will present the Closing Address on Sunday at 4.30pm, talking about how hope and courage can change lives. “Gastronomy is big on this year’s program,” Ms Sorensen said. “We are keen supporters of the City of Greater Bendigo’s bid to become a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, so we have food writer Jill Dupleix, sustainable farmer Charles Massy and food-and-mood expert Felice Jacka, on the program. “We’re welcoming British philosopher AC Grayling for discussions about democracy, criminal psychologist Julia Shaw, to talk about evil, and from New York, Min Jin Lee, to talk about Korea.” Also on the program: Clementine Ford on Boys Will Be Boys Louise Milligan on Cardinal John Marsden on Parenting Alan Kohler on Money and Ethics Benjamin Law on Growing Up Gay Ranjana Srivastava on A Better Death Speakers include Peter Doherty, Chloe Hooper, Kerry O’Brien, Ginger Gorman, Kate Forsyth, Jessica Rowe, Don Walker, Greg Fleet, Jane Caro and Don Watson. The Text Marks the Spot free schools program takes place on Friday, and a new series of Entrée Events on Friday morning give audiences a chance to get out and about in Bendigo. “We’re delighted to be collaborating with the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, for an event with the “bad Buddhist”, Meshel Laurie,” Ms Sorensen said. “And in the heart of Bendigo, at the beautiful Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum on Pall Mall, there’s a first-time event about the women poets of Central Victoria writing during the First World War. “There’s a special launch too, of a new book about Bendigo, called Sludge, to be launched by John Brumby, Chancellor of La Trobe University.” Bendigo Writers Festival is presented by the City of Greater Bendigo in partnership with La Trobe University and supported by Bendigo Tourism. https://www.bendigowritersfestival.com.au/ Why Documentaries seeks Celebrities for new Multicultural project 2019-07-02T22:16:06Z why-documentaries-seeks-celebrities-for-new-multicultural-project The project U and Me tells the stories of ordinary Australians with sometimes extraordinary friendships. Mostly friendships between people from different cultural backgrounds, the aim of the online series is to showcase tolerance, our positive multicultural Australia and provide a reference point that normalises these friendships that occur everywhere but are rarely highlighted in the media. A UN Human Rights Award finalist, the next series of 6 short films will work with refugees to the Illawarra to tell more stories. The aim is to work with celebrities and we urge celebrities interested in telling great stories to come forward. info@whydocumentaries.com.au and view stories here https://www.facebook.com/UandMeAustralia/ Second-Chance School Warakirri College Opens its Doors in Campbelltown for Disadvantaged Students 2019-05-28T22:33:41Z second-chance-school-warakirri-college-opens-its-doors-in-campbelltown-for-disadvantaged-students An MTC initiative, Warakirri College is an independent high school catering to disadvantaged young people aged 15 to 22.  The school offers an alternative form of learning to students who have disconnected from mainstream education or did not quite fit into a traditional school environment. With no school uniforms, no school fees and free food for those who haven’t eaten, the college hopes to help students build confidence, manage other challenges in their life and work towards their own life and career goals. “I believe the new Warakirri College campus will be a valuable addition to the Campbelltown community, helping disconnected young people achieve a better future” says Warakirri College Principal, Carolyn Blanden. With campuses already in Blacktown and Fairfield, Ms Blanden goes on to explain how Warakirri College will make a difference to the young people in the Campbelltown region, “These students struggle in mainstream schools, due to their long absences as a result of numerous social issues or because they have mental health challenges or come from complex family backgrounds. We break down the barriers that prevents students from going to school so that they can  complete the Year10 RoSA or a HSC and ATAR.” “Although our students are street-wise,” Ms Blanden goes on to say, “they haven’t had the opportunities that most kids have had. We are a family here at Warakirri so we take the students on excursions or go on bushwalks and camps to inspire and engage them. I feel very privileged to be able to help these young people get their lives back on track and enjoy the opportunities that come from completing their schooling”. Former Warakirri graduate Adriana spoke of what sets Warakirri College apart, “Warakirri College is different to mainstream school as the environment is more relaxed and students are treated like adults.” “Everyone is very supportive and interactive. It’s a great place to learn,” adds Adriana For more information about Warakirri College please contact 02 9914 3250 or visit our website www.warakirricollege.nsw.edu.au. About Warakirri College Warakirri College is an independent high school for young people aged 15–22 completing their Year 10 and Higher School Certificate. Students have disconnected from mainstream schools due to peer relations difficulties like bullying or gender issues, mental health challenges such as anxiety or depression, complex family backgrounds, refugee experience or parenthood.  Warakirri is an independent high school with campuses at Fairfield and Blacktown. As a social impact initiative of MTC Australia, students do not pay fees and are provided with textbooks, food and other resources. Graduates typically progress to University, TAFE, private colleges and employment.  About MTC Australia MTC is the social enterprise that gives people the inspiration, capability and opportunity to create a fulfilling life. We deliver high impact employment, training and youth programs that help more than 15,000 people every year to gain skills for employment and entrepreneurship, build self-worth, and enable possibilities for transformative change. Groundbreaking Australian stage spectacular to make international debut in New Zealand next week 2019-05-27T09:52:03Z groundbreaking-australian-stage-spectacular-to-make-international-debut-in-new-zealand-next-week Groundbreaking Australian stage spectacular to make international debut in New Zealand next week Groundbreaking Australian theatre company, Wild Dreamer Productions is set to make its international debut with stage spectacular MEERA playing six shows in New Zealand next week. MEERA, the brainchild of creative director, Aarti Bajaj, is the ambitious first offering from Wild Dreamer Productions - a sumptuous stage show featuring drama, dance and music. “MEERA is a bold love story about a royal princess who believes in her forbidden love to such a degree that she is willing to go against the norms of society for her love,” said creative director, Aarti Bajaj. After MEERA’s success on the Gold Coast, selling out the 1,100 seat Arts Theatre at Home of the Arts, Ms Bajaj made the bold decision to take the production international to Auckland, New Zealand where she has been working closely with local talent ahead of MEERA’s run at the ASB Waterfront Theatre from the 31 May-2 June. MEERA has been more than 14 years in the making, with Ms Bajaj, who lives on the Gold Coast, balancing her career as a medical sonographer with her passion for the performing arts.  Ms Bajaj is the driving force behind the production, working with talented creatives throughout Australia and the world on everything from the choreography, narration, music, lighting, story, marketing and so much more. “In MEERA, there are eight dance forms; Indian classical, Indian contemporary, tap, jazz, ballet, African contemporary, aerial and pole. The Maori Haka will also feature in the New Zealand production." During the writing process, Ms Bajaj altered the interpretation of MEERA to fit a wider audience.  “I wanted to take all of the religious aspects out, and only focus on the pureness of love in the story,” said Ms Bajaj. “Love is common for every living being, we all can have different religions and beliefs, but we all have one common expression, and that is love. “Everyone can recognise this theme when they walk into the auditorium, no matter where they come from, or what they believe. Ms Bajaj bans the use of the words “white” and “brown” on set, as she aims to present actors, dancers, singers and composers a platform to showcase their talent, without being hindered by their ethnicity. “It simply means when someone’s selecting an artist for a role their colour shouldn’t matter, their ethnicity or where they come from shouldn’t matter, it should be more what their talent is and what they can offer,” said Ms Bajaj. “It is important to me to bring the inclusion and diversity together on stage and to ensure the story itself is more powerful than what colour or what background the actor or character is.” Another major motivation for Ms Bajaj is to create a platform where she can give different artists the opportunity where they don’t need a profile to share their talent - if they have talent she intends to bring the platform to them. "The primary vision and ethos of Wild Dreamer Productions is to bring local talent together wherever the production goes," said Ms Bajaj. “My ultimate goal is for MEERA to see all the beautiful stages and audiences across the globe, to sing out beautifully and loudly so everyone can get involved.” The stage spectacular will play six shows at the ASB Waterfront Theatre in Auckland on the 31st of May, 1st of June and 2nd of June. Learn more about this exclusive production here: Meera: Preview 2018 Gold Coast Production Meera: Interview with Aarti Bajaj (Creative Director) Wild Dreamer Productions Website Meera: Facebook - ends - For more information or photo/interview requests, please contact: Joanne Rahn Director zanthii communications Phone: 0402 148 334 Email: joanne@zanthii.com Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/zanthiiau Sisters of Charity Foundation to visit Campsie community kitchen 2019-05-14T22:39:10Z sisters-of-charity-foundation-to-visit-campsie-community-kitchen Prosper (Project Australia) is a multi-award-winning small community organisation that aims to support disadvantaged children and their families. Its community kitchen program gives those experiencing poverty and homelessness access to a free kitchen facility, cooking equipment, storage containers and fresh ingredients to prepare healthy meals for their families. It’s not just healthy food the program is providing, however – the community kitchen helps participants build a sense of community togetherness and belonging. “We’ve seen 97 community members coming along to at least one kitchen day,” says Prosper’s Karen Craigie. “When you take into account other members of their household the program has already benefited 720 people since its opening in February.” Foundation donors will get the chance to hear directly from community kitchen participants, and also sample some of their favourite recipes at lunch. “We’re thrilled to be able to show our donors, in person, what their generosity is helping build,” says Sisters of Charity Foundation CEO Reba Meagher. “Prosper is a fantastic organisation doing vital work within the community and we’re proud to be a supporter.” “We’re looking forward to hosting the Sisters of Charity Foundation and showcasing the value of the community kitchen,” says Karen. “It has been a marvellous platform for community-building and increasing the dignity of those who are isolated or disadvantaged.”   About the Sisters of Charity Foundation Every year the Sisters of Charity Foundation is able to make a difference to thousands of people across the country with funds generously donated by compassionate Australians. We support initiatives that receive little or no funding from other sources, that benefit the disadvantaged, marginalised and socially isolated people in our community, no matter their gender, ethnicity, age or ability. New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T03:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. Tent of Promise Blessing the Darling River in Wilcannia NSW 2019-03-27T08:11:03Z tent-of-promise-blessing-the-darling-river-in-wilcannia-nsw Tent of Promise Darling River Blessing Wilcannia NSW, March 2019 Contributed by Adele Kenyon Gathered in the dry riverbed of the once mighty Darling River this past week were a handful of sojourners from Queensland who had driven 1,500 kilometres to the tired town of Wilcannia in far western New South Wales. YouTube Video: TENT OF PROMISE - Entering Wilcannia 2019 For this small group the township of Wilcannia was the focal destination of their long drive: with their hearts set on praying and prophesying for the revival of the once mighty river and its communities from this spiritual starting point - gleaned after a sustained period of prayerfulness over several months in their home base up north. Led by Bishop Barry Cunnington, Founder of The Tent of Promise Incorporated, based in southern Queensland, the small team of Christian supporters strongly believe their prophetic/prayer mission begun this month in Wilcannia will usher in not only a revived and flowing river, but a spiritual reawakening within the Wilcannia community and beyond. Bishop Cunnington trusts this is a pivotal season for Christian renewal around Australia and believes the seed of blessing sown this week and symbolically poured directly into the dry Darling River riverbed in Wilcannia will herald a new era of reawakening to spiritual truth tied with genuine reconciliation. He explains the spiritual foundation for the belief as being in the Holy Bible (defined as God’s Word to a holy people). One verse consolidating the stance is in 2 Chronicles 7:14, found in the Old Testament of the Bible. The verse is cited below. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV To bless the river the team prayed together in the riverbed near the Wilcannia Bridge on Thursday, led by Bishop Cunnington, who invited a Christian representative of Australia's indigenous/Aboriginal community to prophesy in partnership with he and Wilcannia’s local minister, Pastor Seta, of the Australian Aboriginal Outreach Ministries (AAOM). The indigenous intercessor present was Hazel Morgan, formerly of Pinnacle Pocket in the Northern Territory and now residing in Brisbane. Mrs Morgan’s representation of Australia’s indigenous peoples was itself significant, said Bishop Cunnington – as the pair had both been present at a 1999 gathering at Yulara near Uluru as part of a Christian reconciliation event organised by the Australian Christian Pastor’s Prayer Network. This year represents the 20th anniversary of that Yulara event. To complete the blessing of the Darling River the three appointed representatives together poured olive oil and red wine into the riverbed, followed by the pouring of clean water. Bishop Cunnington said the oil signified “the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our nation” while the red wine signified “the shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse the earth” with the oil and wine “coming together to heal our land and our nation”. “The pouring out of the water signifies the welling up of water to flood and fill the River Valley again, in the mighty name of Jesus,” Bishop Cunnington said, adding that this is being fulfilled “as God’s people pray for this town.” “We have the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven to bring this (water/healing) today to earth… So today, prophetically, we release that full river of Heaven to flow here in this land,” he said. YouTube Video: TENT OF PROMISE - Blessing The River Darling, Wilcannia March 2019 As the TOP team continues to trust that these faithful steps into the riverbed at Wilcannia will spark a nationwide revival which will well up and out of Australia's rural and indigenous heartland, out of "country" -- the members of the team also have faith in the renewal of the Darling River from the red centre through God’s grace. The team believes the reawakening that will potentially radiate from the Australian heartland/red centre to bush and coastal areas around Australia will usher in a spiritual revival around the nation. This could be a spiritual link to a prophetic word made more than four centuries ago over the south sea lands by Portuguese explorer, Pedro Fernandez De Quiros, who in 1606 hoisted a banner in the New Hebrides and proclaimed this region and lands beyond it as the "Terra Australis del Espiritu Santu", the last two Spanish words meaning “Holy Spirit”. De Quiros reportedly thought he was in the island -continent of Australia. (Reference:https://christianfaith.com/lookout/sacred-australia or TACL Vol 27 #1 2006). In more recent times, a popular Australian Christian song, “The Great South Land of the Holy Spirit”, written by Geoff Bullock, features lyrics echoing the Portuguese explorers’ proclamation. The song’s chorus captures the essence: “This is the Great Southland of the Holy Spirit A land of red dust plains and summer rains To this sunburnt land we will see a flood And to this Great Southland His Spirit comes”. The TOP mobile ministry is affiliated with The Promise Faith Centre Churches International (PFCCI), with a base in Coolangatta, Queensland. Bishop Cunnington oversees the PFCCI and on its website (https://www.promisefaithcentre.org/about_us) explains how he has personally experienced transformation in his life and knowing the Grace of God “is compelled to bring the revelation of God's Word in the Power of God's Holy Spirit to those who have the need and Grace to receive”. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Tent of Promise Relaunch with Panorama in Wilcannia 2019-03-27T08:09:21Z tent-of-promise-relaunch-with-panorama-in-wilcannia TENT OF PROMISE Relaunch with Panorama in Wilcannia Wilcannia NSW, March 2019 Contributed by Adele Kenyon As Wilcannian locals entered their community hall last week expecting a devotional time and a church service as part of a mission-outreach by a visiting Queensland group to their dry and sweltering township, most of the local residents were stunned to find a gigantic 36 metre illustrated display of highlighted accounts from the Holy Bible plastered around three walls of their large hall. On discovering this magnificent wall display several childrens' jaws dropped and many pairs of eyes - including those of adults - were fixated on the impressive illustrations depicting key events from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, which when considered chronologically depict God's carefully crafted plan of salvation for every person who accepts the heavenly Father’s gift of eternal life given through his precious Son, Jesus Christ. Reflected in the closing sections of the illustrated Bible display are the joy and peace infilling Christians who have accepted God’s gracious gift of life. The impressive Bible Panorama is a key feature of the Tent of Promise (TOP) touring ministry which was relaunched in Wilcannia in Outback New South Wales this month after almost a decade in recess. TOP leaders are confident the new outreach will generate much interest and as the touring ministry gains momentum will ultimately lead many people around Australia to discover and commit or re-commit to the Christian faith. Bishop Cunnington explained that the team’s confidence in these positive outcomes is due to the team’s collective faith in the Word of God combined with its outward expression(s) of this faith. TOP Founders, Barry and Sandra Cunnington, have remobilised this ministry with team members from their Coolangatta Promise Faith Centre Church in response to the leading of the Holy Spirit. They believe Australia is poised for a faith revival which will sweep the nation. TOP Founder, Senior Pastor and Bishop, Barry Cunnington, believes the power of God’s Word spoken by his righteous people will prevail. The four participating TOP pastors are not new to this form of mobilised outback ministry. For many years they took this style of ministry outreach to various Australian townships, including eleven years on the road with an earlier Bible panorama which they hauled around Australia with help from a devoted mobile pastoral team. Now the panorama has been digitally revamped and the mobilisation process refined so it is all more portable - this helpful to the more senior pastors and other team-members, several of whom while agile and young-at-heart are aged in their seventies. The senior pastors are assisted in this mobile ministry by their younger counterparts, Reverend(s) Timothy and Leah Knowling of Alectown, NSW. Pastor Leah, in addition to her wide range of responsibilities, ably coordinates the music ministry for the TOP team, including contributing her impressively strong and powerful vocals which were well appreciated during this Wilcannia trip. During the TOP team’s visit Bishop Cunnington liaised with Wilcannia’s local minister, Pastor Seta, of the Australian Aboriginal Outreach Ministries (AAOM), so TOP could use some of the local facilities during its visit to the town. Pastor Seta’s worship team also contributed readily to the music ministry during the six-day TOP visit, while Pastor Seta was also a key participant in the blessing of the Darling River Related Article: TENT OF PROMISE - Darling River Blessing YouTube Video: TENT OF PROMISE - Blessing The River Darling, Wilcannia March 2019 The Wilcannia launch of the new TOP mission, now renamed "The Tent of Promise:- Now Mobile", did not disappoint. As local visitors were welcomed, not only were they fascinated by the illustrated Bible highlighted on the hall walls, they were challenged by the delivered oratory during the times of devotion and moved by the music - so much so that in the final stages of the time-of-ministry on the first evening, dozens of children and youth independently went up for prayer with the visiting team. These same children and visiting families subsequently revisited various ministry activities springing up over the next few days and brought along friends and new folk -- who were also treated to a vibrant puppet show/singalong. Outreach activities culminated in an outdoor community prayer time for the River Darling held on the final Sunday evening in The Mallee neighbourhood park. This was attended by many local residents, with music provided by the local Wilcannia pastors and other worship team members as well as by Pastor Leah, followed by a celebratory barbecue to finish -- all well received and attended. Local pastors enthusiastically participated in the music ministry during the TOP visit so a range of musical-worship styles were catered to over the period. The TOP mobile ministry is affiliated with The Promise Faith Centre Churches International (PFCCI), with a base in Coolangatta, Queensland. Bishop Cunnington oversees the PFCCI and on its website (https://www.promisefaithcentre.org/about_us) explains how he has personally experienced transformation in his life and knowing the Grace of God “is compelled to bring the revelation of God's Word in the Power of God's Holy Spirit to those who have the need and Grace to receive”. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Harmony is more important than ever this week 2019-03-22T00:28:55Z harmony-is-more-important-than-ever-this-week Harmony Week in Australia coincided with important dates this week, including the International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, World Social Work Day and the aftermath of the devastating terrorist attack in Christchurch. AASW National President Christine Craik said, “These events remind us that ‘harmony’ within our communities and across society rests on recognising the dignity of every person, while welcoming diversity. “That is how we promote the human rights of everyone. “This year’s Harmony Week shows us how important it is that we all promote inclusion and end discrimination based on differences in heritage, culture or belief.” This year’s AASW World Social Work Day events took time to reflect on the tragedy in Christchurch and how important social work values are in countering racism. Ms Craik said, “Social workers are passionate advocates for justice and helping families, communities and societies to build relationships based on solidarity and mutual respect. “This is how we will eliminate racial discrimination in our country. We need to reflect on the culture that can make politicians believe that there are votes to be gained by blaming refugees, immigrants or Indigenous people for issues that are not related to them, such as pressure on health care, crowded cities or welfare spending. It’s the same culture that led to the terrible act of violence last Friday.” “Social workers are dedicated to creating a society which is just and inclusive in which it is possible for everyone to flourish and thrive. Eliminating racial discrimination is fundamental to our vision. “Now is the time when we look to our leaders to set an example and we call on politicians, business and community groups to commit to join us in eliminating all forms of discrimination.” Christine Craik is available for interview. Media Release: International Women’s Day 2019 Blacktown Celebrates 8th March 2019-02-28T05:14:41Z media-release-international-women-s-day-2019-blacktown-celebrates-8th-march International Women’s Day 2019 Blacktown Celebrates 8th March #Balance for Better SydWest Multicultural Services is pleased to announce that they are hosting a special celebration for International Women’s Day on Friday 8th March 2018 from 10am at Max Webber Function Centre, Blacktown Library, Blacktown.   The event will feature inspirational women including: ·         Esta Paschalidis-Chilas, Government & Member Relations Manager with Settlement Services International (SSI) will give the keynote address on More Powerful Together ·         Anyier Youl, founder of Miss Sahara, the only National Beauty Pageant for Women of African heritage in Australia, a young woman of South Sudanese background will address Empowering young women from multicultural backgrounds ·         Clr Kathy Collins of Blacktown City Council, representing the Mayor of Blacktown, will speak briefly on the theme of #balanceforbetter ·         Glenwood Women’s Group to perform the Giddha, an entertaining traditional dance that they have been perfecting since forming their dance troupe in late 2018.   SydWest Multicultural Services is also pleased to announce that Claudia Taranto, Producer with ABC Radio National, has kindly agreed to perform the MC duties for our event. Claudia has worked at Radio National since 1988 on a variety of programs including Life Matters, Street Stories and The Listening Room. She also taught radio production at James Cook University. Claudia enjoys the intimacy of radio and has a passion for making radio features about the kaleidoscope of ordinary life.   The event’s program will feature presentations and performances, blended with group discussion activities and food. A Butterfly Wall will be produced by the guests at the event and reflecting what the women like most about themselves, part of the activities to continue to empower and inspire.   CEO of SydWest Multicultural Services, Elfa Moraitakis said: We are exciting to be hosting this year’s event for Blacktown, where exciting new women entrepreneurs will be showcasing their offerings through food and gifts during the day, part of the SydWest showcasing of our Women Taking Care of Business program. We are looking forward to continuing to inspire and empower the multicultural women of the Blacktown area, to celebrating the achievements of women and the rich diversity and strengths of women in the Blacktown area. Mike Emery reflects on China's history this Lunar New Year 2019-02-08T01:54:47Z mike-emery-reflect-on-china-s-history-this-lunar-new-year This month marks the Lunar New Year, where more than a billion people around the world are celebrating the New Year and beginning of the Year of the Pig. In Australia, we have already seen the dumpling world record broken as the Sydney Chinese New Year Festival draws in crowds from around the world. With such a unique moment, it is worth reflecting on the rich history that China has, and take a rarely before seen journey into what life was like in China almost 40 years ago.  In the Spring of 1980, Photographer Mike Emery was on board one of the first ever American passenger cruise ships sailing the China coast. No one on board had been to China, in fact, it was a seldom visited country for Westerners. Mike found himself arriving at a time of rapid change and excitement, with economic, political and cultural reforms sweeping the country.  With his bright clothes, fair hair and Nikon camera, Mike stood out in the streets of the cities he visited in China. Local people were intrigued, as Mike played the clown to gauge reactions. He’d pull faces, poke out his tongue, and even lay in the middle of the street to get noticed. Sometimes he’d get crowds up to 50 people, wanting to speak English or just satisfy their curiosity about this strange westerner.  As a result, Mike was able to capture the essence of the time, both in people’s faces and the unique urban landscapes they inhabited.   39 years later, and Mike has collected his finest images and memories into a uniquely beautiful hardcover coffee table book. China’s Children is not solely a collection of works featuring children, rather it captures a time over which a generation grew up. It captures everyday people in their lives with a freshness and reality rarely seen.   Colour photography from this time is extremely rare and images of this quality are hardly ever seen. Capturing a simpler time, the book features everyday life in Beijing and Shanghai. Perhaps you grew up in China in this time? This beautiful book offers a unique opportunity for people that may not have photos of their own from this time. Sharing these precious memories with family and friends is a great joy that appeals to every generation.   In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Mike Emery is giving away 3 copies of his book, 'China’s Children’. To receive a copy of the book, please email competitions@thebigsmoke.com.au, and let us know what is your favorite way to spend Chinese New Year! Visit his website today: https://www.chinaschildren1980.com *Terms and Conditions apply. Getting Connected: Drama workshops help adult ESL students learn English and improve their confidence 2018-11-11T23:09:53Z getting-connected-drama-workshops-help-adult-esl-students-learn-english-and-improve-their-confidence MTC Australia delivers Skills for Education and Employment (SEE), a government-funded program that helps job seekers improve their English language, computer and job searching skills. Since 2016, Sydney Theatre Company (STC) Teaching Artists have collaborated with our SEE English Trainers to deliver the Connected: Adult Language Learning through Drama (CALLD) program. “Connected is a program that uses drama approaches to improve literacy, particularly with people who are learning English as an additional language. A lot of our participants are migrants, refugees and asylum seekers,” says STC Teaching Artist Zoe Hogan. “Drama is a really engaging way of working with students regardless of their English language levels and that’s because we’re using our body language, facial expressions and other ways of making meaning.” Connected has seen some great results, with students improving their literacy and gaining confidence and new skills. Western Sydney University Lecturer Dr Rachael Jacobs is studying the impact of the program. “Out of Connected we see so many different positive results,” says Dr Jacobs. “The students start using more complex adjectives, they start using longer sentences. The other benefit is that students start to see their own creative potential. They start to imagine their future possibilities.” Recently MTC SEE English Trainer Kathryn Salman and her class took part in the program and were part of a 2-day video shoot detailing the experience. View the video here: https://youtu.be/lNhiYIP8-OM “My students are a warm, generous and lively group,” says Kathryn. “They refer to MTC and this class as their second family. They try to help, support and encourage each other through their experiences in Australia, and greatly appreciate the opportunity to learn and understand more.”  “I greatly enjoyed the Connected program. I involved the students and myself in this venture 100%, by expanding on what we learned in the workshop during our regular classes, and because of that the program was very successful. Now the students are asking to do more drama as we learned so much! “Would I do it again: 1000 times yes! I cannot recommend it highly enough, it gave me so much joy, insights and a challenge to try something new.” Connected is made possible by a group of donors to Sydney Theatre Company’s education program.   MORE INFORMATION sydneytheatre.com.au/education/our-community/adult-drama-and-literacy www.sydneytheatre.com.au/magazine/posts/2018/november/news-connecting-refugees-through-creativity mtcaustralia.com.au/education-training/see/ The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.