ZBR | Dinner Fundraiser for Nepal Earthquakes | Sat 18 July 2015 | from 6.30pm to late

Local dinner fundraiser to assist Nepali country men, women and children aiding some rebuilding of Nepal

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Where: Ze Bar & Restaurant, 300 Beach Rd, Black Rock
Cost: Tickets: $60 per person including Nepalese style banquet, entertainment, music and chance to learn more about Sindhupalchowk. Gluten free and vegetarians catered for. Please note. Everything except wine and beer is being donated and all proceeds go to disaster relief efforts. (Wine and beer available separately at bar prices.)

Why: The small developing country of Nepal has recently been subject to two major Earthquakes; 25 April and 12 May 2015 plus numerous damaging aftershocks.

Both Earthquakes caused huge amounts of damage to an already impoverished nation; killing thousands, injuring tens of thousands, flattening villages and causing too many to become homeless and sleep in the open with no shelter.

To assist organisers and to maximize successful occasion, please book early to ensure all those wishing to take part in this mini cultural immersion have a place at the table.
Ph: 03 9589 3201


Sandeep Karki, Ze Bar & Restaurant
Mobile 0432 587 071

On behalf of Nepal Rises, a Nepali NGO working on the ground in Nepal bringing emergency shelter, water harvesting and sanitation.

GEIFN Gatherers: "What a great night" | "It was a wonderful inclusive opportunity to assemble for a greater cause" | "Preposterous" "What?" "These Nepalese Momos taste too good for an Italian Restaurant" | "Organisers took great care in decorating with traditional dress and food" | "Thankyou for including us, with disabilities it is difficult to fit in and Organisers went out of their way to accommodate us" | "Well done to all concerned and best wishes for less Suffering for all in Suffering"

CREF | Chand Raat Eid Festival

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Proud winner of ‘Local Community Event of the Year Award 2014’

What: Chand Raat Eid Festival Incorporated (A non-profit organisation) is bringing again the biggest multicultural events in celebration of ending Ramadan and Eid festivities in July 2015. Organisers expect over 10,00 people to attend the Melbourne event.

Chand Raat
When: Thursday, 16 July 2015, 5 pm to 12 am
Where: Broadmeadows Leisure Centre

Eid Festival
When: Sunday, 19 July 2015, 2pm to 10pm
Where: Springers Leisure Centre

Why: The ‘Chand Raat Eid Festival’ is a traditional festivity marking the end of fasting month of Islamic Calendar (Ramadan) and the start of Islamic annual festivity (Eid ul Fitr). ‘Chand Raat’ means ‘night of the moon‘; that makes it a unique evening event of its kind. It is open for everyone without any religious or cultural boundaries. Profits produced through CREF events are used in educational welfare projects to support education-impoverished in South Asia by awarding scholarships to primary & high school children.

How: The festival is an opportunity for families to get together, do Eid shopping and eat delicious foods from a variety of stalls. The community groups and individuals place variety of stalls containing handicrafts, art, painting, clothes, jewellery, henna, bangles, shoes, food, toys and many other traditional items.

Who: CREF provides the opportunity for many Australians unaware of such festivities to explore and enjoy the various different cultural exhibitions. The festival also provides children amusements and rides and live multicultural performances. CREF encourages and provides an opportunity for individuals, families and small business owners to introduce, exhibit and sell their products & services to thousands of attendees. CREF, being a non-alcoholic family event, provides fantastic opportunity to families and youth to enjoy wonderful amusements, entertainment activities and delicious variety of foods.


Chand Raat Eid Festival Incorporated 
A non-profit organization
Level 15, Eclipse Tower (Deloitte Building), 60 Station Street East, Parramatta, NSW 2150 (Australia)
Telephone: 1300 786 124

The mission of CREF Organization is to celebrate Ramadan & Eid Festivity by promoting culture, friendship and harmony. An Overview on the event, past events images, videos and procedures to participate in the event are also available on this website.

SJUC | Annual Social Justice Lunch | Preventing violence against women | Sunday 5 July 2015 | 12 noon for 12.30pm

Family violence is the most common cause of homelessness in Victoria

Speaker: Antoinette Russo from Justice Connect, Women’s Homelessness Prevention project which provides legal representation and social work support to women and children facing homelessness.
Read Justice Connect's Home Safe: Submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence

Where: St John’s Uniting Church, 567 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick

Cost: $25. BYO wine/beer; soft drink available


St John’s Uniting Church Elsternwick
Tel: 9530 0684

KHT | The Aborigine is Present | Saturday 4-26 July 2015 | 2-4pm

Kooris invite us to visit, sit and stare at an Indigenous person

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What: Come join in celebration of the relocation and opening of new premises of the Koorie Heritage Trust, Federation Square (Yarra-side opposite ACMI). Live performances Saturdays and Sundays.

Why: As quoted in The Age, Tues 30 June 2015, Trust chief executive Tom Mosby said "This is about us saying, 'we're not going to sit on the fringe any more'. This is about us being right in the centre and prominent, and that we're part of 21st century society." A range or artists including Jack Charles will participate. The welcoming eye-contact between artist, audience and passerbys are useful says artist Robyne Latham "to move past the shame, blame, guilt, all of those things that are in the collective unconscious of most of Australia, to go beyond that, to actually seeing the person".

How: Explore from Saturday the new centre over 2 levels. Ground-floor art gallery with store provides opportunities to peruse and purchase crafts, books and music. Upstairs, a selection will be displayed of the Trust's over 90,000 artefacts of eel traps, shields, jewelry, paintings and sculptures.

Who: The Koorie Heritage Trust offers a range of programs and services including the only public collection in Victoria dedicated solely to Koorie art and culture comprising artefacts, pictures and photographs as well as an Oral History Program and a Reference Library; cross cultural awareness training and tours; exhibitions; a Koorie Family History Service; and a retail shop.

Artist Robyne Latham's Inspiration: "...[My] work is a product of Aboriginal culture - a collectivist culture. There is no performer. All are participants. The performance is at the interface between two cultures, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, free of guilt, shame, and blame."


Koorie Heritage Trust, Federation Square
Pauline Sloane, Curriculum Coordinator
Tel: (03) 8622 2611

GEIFN Gatherers:   "Experience first-hand how eyes are windows to the soul." | "i only have iiii 4 u" | "FaceTime Old School." |"In your face. In a loving way." | "Thankyou to this teacher, teachings and opportunity to share in this fearless, joyful and noble presentation." | "A real eye-opener" | "The energy in the room was welcoming, heart-warming and immeasurable" | "First thing is you'll need to lower your voice to hear properly" | "Stay to be speechless." |  "Bravo. Emaho. Marvellous" | "Is it too early to ask for a mob version, I want to bring some brothers and sisters?"

PWR | Meet the First Group of Leading Voices of the Women's Initiative

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At the 2015 Parliament, join women from all over the world on 15-19 October 2015, at the Inaugural Women's Assembly and Program Initiative to make history, break the stain glass ceiling, and inspire each other with spiritual wisdom!

Over 1,000 women have already registered!

Watch for more speaker announcements coming soon!

Continue the conversation:
Like the Women's Assembly on Facebook!


Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions
70 East Lake Street, Suite 205
Chicago, IL 60601 USA
Tel: 312-629-2990
Fax: 312-629-2991

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MHC | ORA: The Sounds of Winter | Tuesday 11 August 2015 | 7.30pm

An evening of Cantorial, Operatic and Israeli Music


Classical guitarists: Slava & Leonard Grigoryan
Binyamin Helfgot | Menachem Bristowski | Rabbi David Rubinfeld and Ronny Kowadlo | Opera Australia Bass Alejsander Pokryshevsky | Brett Kaye | Aaron Max | Shimon Walles | The Central Choir conducted by Myron Blecher


Melbourne Synagogue
Tel: 9866 2255
or GOLDS Judaica - Balaclava

AP | Small Footprint Living Survey

The Great Australian Dream

From quarter-acre block to vertical villages
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What: Online survey to share your thoughts and experiences about home. By participating, you can then throw your hat in the ring to win a weekend at Hotel Hotel in Canberra.

How: This survey should take no more than 15 to 25 minutes to complete over a cup of tea. Responses are recorded anonymously in accordance with Australian legislation. The privacy policy can be read online. Surveyors are Assemble, a Melbourne-based residential property developer focused on small footprint projects.

When: Why the time to have your say is now…

Why: To understand what makes for great medium and high density living, and to contribute to the current Australian debate on apartment design standards, we're reaching out to you to tell us how you live now -- and how you'd like to live in the future.

The quarter-acre block we once aspired to is no longer affordable for the everyday Australian, nor does it match up to our 21st century vision for well-connected, culturally diverse, sustainable and smart cities. As the Australian population increasingly urbanises, we find ourselves at an important crossroads.

To live better in cities, we need to live smaller. However, the capacity to do so is necessarily affected by government regulation. State governments in Australia are currently reviewing policies that will have a significant impact on the way we live in years to come, and we have a chance to be part of the process.

Click here to help redesign the Great Australian Dream.

Assemble Projects
20 High Street, Northcote VIC 3070
Tel: +61 3 9939 6789

Amnesty | They're Just Kids

There are 81 kids locked up in detention on Nauru.
What will their childhood memories be?
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As an initiative for International Refugee Week. People around the world celebrated incredible achievements and contributions made by refugees to countries that offer them safety.

That safety is more important than ever.

We’re in the middle of a global refugee crisis -- the worst since World War II. It’s forced almost 20 million refugees from their homes, fleeing war and persecution in countries like Syria and Burma.

Half of them are children, who have a right to a real childhood.

Australia could make a real difference to the lives of these children and their families.

Instead, for almost two years, children have been locked up in Australia’s detention centre on Nauru in inhumane conditions.

Just this month, former Nauru staff came forward with testimony that has brought to light numerous cases and allegations of sexual harassment, assault and rape of women and children on Nauru, including the abuse of children as young as two years old.

It’s heartwrenching. Nothing can justify exposing children to this.

But there is hope.

In June 2013 -- with the support of people like you -- we got all children released from detention on Manus Island. We can give the kids on Nauru the same chance to have a safe, happy childhood in Australia.

But we need your help. 

If you haven't already, please share your favourite childhood memory. If you already have, please share our Lost Children page on Facebook and Twitter.

We'll present your memory -- alongside thousands of others -- to the government to show them just what they're taking away from refugee kids by detaining them. We'll demand that these children are no longer denied their childhood.

In hope,
Graeme McGregor

Refugee Campaign Coordinator

Amnesty International Australia

PS. The more people take action, the more powerful our message will be. Please forward this email to your friends and family and ask them to help the children on Nauru.

Amnesty International Australia
Level 1, 79 Myrtle Street, Chippendale, NSW, 2008

ASRC | Asylum Seeker Resource Centre - July 2015

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When you donate to the ASRC, your donation goes directly into programs that change the lives of people seeking asylum. Here's what your donation has achieved in the last 12 months:

  • Creation of Australia's first facility to empower asylum seekers through employment, education and mentoring. The Innovation Hub has already helped over 150 people gain social and economic independence since its doors opened in January
  • As one of the only providers of free emergency legal aid for asylum seekers in Australia, the ASRC clocked-up more than 2,326 free legal appointments and has saved hundreds of people from being sent back to harm.
  • Secured employment for 49% of asylum seeker members in the Dandenong Centre employment program, and sustainable employment for over 25 people through  the ASRC Catering, and Cleaning social enteprises
  • Crowdfunded and launched the Food Justice Truck, which offers fresh food to asylum seekers in Victoria at a 75% discount
  • Secured 13,500 nights of shelter for asylum seekers, preventing homelessness for 116 asylum seekers

For those with a surplus, 
Foodbank is in need of:
-- Honey
-- Toothpaste
-- Shampoo & conditioner
Material Aid is in need of:
-- Large pots (suitable for families)
-- Single, double & queen sheet sets

Did you know of benefits to your place from engaging socially enterprising ASRC Catering or ASRC Cleaning?


Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
214-218 Nicholson St
Melbourne, VIC 3011 Australia