Under the “Helping Hands” community project SLA NSW has been working closely with the Uniting group to address the needs of seniors in the Sri Lankan community. SLA NSW together with the Uniting Group, held a briefing session for the seniors and others recently which provided an overview of what facilities are available for the seniors in the community. Resulting from this information session, Uniting offered the SLA NSW an opportunity to see a culturally aligned seniors living facility in NSW. This facility at Shellharbour which is located approximately 100Km south of Sydney is occupied predominantly by seniors from a Spanish background.
On Saturday 16th October, Uniting provided 16 members of the Sri Lankan community the opportunity to see this facility. The group of interested people commenced the trip from Thornleigh Community Centre where Uniting picked the SLA NSW members in two separate mini buses. on arrival at the Shelharbour facility Uniting provided the group a beautiful lunch and afternoon tea with also a tour of the facility with a presentation. All those who attended were well looked after by the team from Uniting and gained a lot of knowledge and understanding about the features of such a facility. Uniting staff drove the members of SLA NSW back to Sydney in the two separate mni buses.
We are extremely grateful for the sincerity and generosity shown by Uniting. Our next steps are to follow up on this experience with further discussions with Uniting in relation to what we can achieve for the Sri Lankan community.
A chat with SLANSW youth league president Dillara Niriella and Coordinator of the Youth League Chaminda Hindurangala was aired on SBS on the 17th of October 2016. The interview was conducted by Charitha Adikari.
By Chaminda Hindurangala
Congratulations to Dilara Niriella, a member of our Youth League who achieved national recognition by being chosen as the Young Archie winner for 2016. Dilara’s portrait of her father Dr Dasmin Anupa Niriella was chosen as the winning artwork from over 2500 entries. Entries were judged on merit and originality by leading Australian artist Del Kathryn Barton, Archibald Prize winner in 2008 and 2013, and Victoria Collings, the gallery’s senior coordinator of education and family programs. Dilara was awarded the first prize of her age category of the Young Archie competition which runs alongside the annual Archibald, Wynne and Sulman prizes at a function held at the art gallery of NSW early in September. Dilara’s winning art work is currently on display at the Art Gallery of NSW.
SLANSW recognized her artistic talents by awarding her the Young Achiever’s award for Fine Arts in 2015. The talented HSC student was recently appointed as the President of the newly launched SLANSW Youth League.
SLANSW hosted a high tea & trivia fun afternoon to raise funds for the Lisa Harnum Foundation on Sunday the 25th of September. Two hundred or so purple clad guests were treated to a fun afternoon with plenty of delicacies, fun trivia & great prizes. All proceeds of the night will go towards the work of LHF which centres around supporting victims of domestic abuse.
Please click the links below for photos of the event-
Members of SLA together with some of the committee prepared and served food at the Loaves and Fishes Restaurant on the 23rd of September under the “Helping Hands” community service project of SLANSW . The night organized by the Exodus Foundation saw many homeless people coming through the doors. SLA members and committee extended compassion to everyone showing that they care by treating all to a sumptuous meal prepared by them.
An Information session was organised by SLANSW together with Uniting Care to provide information on various aged care options that are provided by Uniting Care. Many member & non member seniors attended the event which was held in the Uniting Care hall in Hornsby. Click for photos