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Support Links Newsletter: Issue 2_July 2009 Contact: Stella Gibbs Tel: 07 3282 6852 Mobile: 0408 816 856 sgibbs88@hotmail.com

Support Links provides fun, learning, support and friendship to people from many diverse cultures, faiths and backgrounds. The group meets regularly on Monday mornings at 12pm at the Leichhardt Community Centre - Youth Centre, Cnr Old Toowoomba Rd & Denman St, Leichhardt. It is proudly supported by : Ipswich City Council, Ipswich Libraries, Centacare Goodna, West Moreton Health and Leichardt Community Centre. Recently Support Links became a sub-committee of Harmony Arts Inc.

Silent Pose, Lino Print by Astrid Tholens Free English Classes Support Links offers free English classes in the Ipswich Library. It also assists migrants and refugees through in-home tutoring.

Mondays: 10am-11.30am Tuesdays: 10am-11.30am Thursday: 10am-11.3oam Community Workshops Drumming practice: Leichhardt Community Centre-Youth Centre, after Support Links social gettogether. Cultural and Arts Activities (IMP): BBQ in Queens Park every second Saturday from 9am to 1pm. (Winter break 13 June till 12 Sept 2009) Bring food to share or cook on Barbie. Bring instrument if you have one, put on your dancing shoes and enjoy yourself. Enq. http://impnet.com.au

The Prem Rawat Foundation (TPRF) advances the efforts of Prem Rawat, known also as Maharaji, to bring dignity, peace, and prosperity to people around the world. The humanitarian focus of TPRF is on providing nutritious food, clean water, eye care for people most in need and rapid disaster relief to where most needed. The Foundation often partners with such reputable organizations as Friends of the World Food Program, Oxfam, Action Against Hunger, or the Red Cross, The foundation has humanitarian initiatives in twentynine countries. The activities of TPRF are funded by the generosity of individuals who are appreciative of Prem Rawat‟s message and the humanitarian initiatives and by the sale of related materials. If you would like to help support this foundation please visit www.tprf.org.

ACT & HELP: THE DISHA PROJECT (Sanskrit word for „a new way of life‟) For the protection, education and professional training of young and teenage girls, who are homeless and sex workers at the Varanasi Railway Station, Uttar Pradesh, India. If you would like to help support this foundation, please visit www.ashray.org or email: louiselisabeth118@gmail.com (President) or angelmook@gmail.com (Coordinator).

Obama’s Speech in Cairo, 2009

“So long as our relationship is defined by our

differences, we will empower those who sow hatred rather than peace, and who promote conflict rather than the cooperation that can help all of our people achieve justice and prosperity. This cycle of suspicion and discord must end.” The New York Times 4/6/09

Support Links Newsletter If you have any interesting anecdotes, stories, poems, jokes, news items, or favourite recipes to share, please contact: Editor: Astrid Tholens Tel: 07 3202 2291 astrand1@optusnet.com.au 1


Calendar of Festivals 27 June, 2009: Indian Festival (First Annual) Ahimsa House, 26 Horan St, West End. Starts at 4pm, continues till late evening.

Colours of the Dreamtime - 6 tp17 June, 2009

Brisbane is hosting the largest collaborative Indigenous Australian art exhibition ever held in St Paul’s Church Hall, Limestone / Australia. Artists from all over the country will be exhibiting their works in a unified expression of Ellenborough St, Ipswich. 10 to 4pm. artistic spirituality. With established artists and first Enq: 0414 703 842. time exhibitors in one show, this is one selection of artwork that will surely impress and amaze the 5 July, 2009: Flinders Peak Festival, most discerning of art collectors & appreciators. Ivory’s Rock Conference Centre, Mt Special guest artists include: Aunty Delmae Barton, Dr Farvardin Daliri, William Barton, Gail Mabo, Flinders Rd, Peak Crossing. 10am to dusk. Admission $5 per car. Robert Barton. 27 June, 2009: Alladin’s Bazaar

Enq: info@flinderspeakfestival.org

Indian Festival (First Annual) - 27/6

or Tel 07 5464 8200.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon surrounded by mesmerising sounds of Sitar and Tablas, Indian dancing, Classical and Bollywood style, and indulge in Indian Cuisine! Harmony Arts Supportlinks and Sa Re Ga Ma School of Indian Music present the First Annual Indian Festival in Ahimsa House. The Festival supports a wide range of styles of Indian Music such as: contemporary fusion, film music, folk, Bollywood style, spiritual, semi-classical and classical music. The profit from the event is going towards „Mother‟ humanitarian organisation from Varanasi, India.

6 -17 July 2009: Colours of the Dreamtime Riverside Centre, 123 Eagle St, Brisbane CBD, official opening 6.30pm. Brisbane: 07 3466 0734 Weipa: 07 4069 8018 http://www.culturalfest.org 9 July, 2009: Multicultural Festival, The Park Hospital, Goodna. Lots of entertainment, free entry. 11 & 12 July 2009: Information Session for African Communities (Free) Toowoomba (11/7/09) South Brisbane (12/7/09) Time: 1pm to 3pm Presented by Department of Immigration and Citizenship. RSVP by 5 July to confirm your place. multiculturalaffairs.brisbane@ immi.gov.au or Kate on 07 3136 7660

NEWLY LAUNCHED Words of Peace Global www.wopg.org

Find out more about Prem Rawat .

Ipswich City Council Queens Park Environmental Education Centre Are you interested in : *Helping the Environment

*Sharing your love of nature with others? *Broadening your resume and life experience? *Making a difference in your community? As a Volunteer you can help inform others how to educate young people and the wider community on the protection of our environment. Enq. 07 3810 6666 mreis@ipswich.qld.gov.au

I go to different places, and I talk about peace. I know there are people who say, “Peace—how can there be peace?” What I am talking about is real, is viable, and it can last for a foreseeable future. It’s called peace. War is not a viable option and it is not foreseeable, because if people just keep fighting, there will be one person left. And that’s because he was hiding”. Prem Rawat. 2


My Magic Roof Garden, story by Lekshmi Sangeeth

Life in the 1500’s... ***Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide their body odour. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married. ***Baths consisted of a big tub with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying; “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water”.

Gurrumul CD’s 1998: Saltwater Band, Gapu Damarrun 2008: Bapa Single 2008: Gurrumul You can purchase CD’s on I-Tunes.

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I was a new bride in the house. Newly married into a traditional Indian family, I felt I was in an entirely new world. New people, new rooms, everything was new and different. My husband would go to work every morning and I would be alone at home. I wanted something to keep me occupied when my husband was off working. The house had a huge, bare balcony. It was vast! One day I decided to do something about it. I decided to grow some plants there. But it was quite difficult to grow plants there because where would I get the soil from? It would mean carrying it all the way from downstairs. Very hard work, but I decided to still go ahead with it. I carried heavy buckets with sand up the stairs every day for nearly a month I placed the soil in large sacks on the balcony. Then I planted some seeds in the sacks and watered them every day. Being on the balcony, the sun was very bright. Within a week, the seeds were nurtured and began to sprout, growing into beautiful little plants, growing stronger every day. And within a month, I had a lovely garden on my balcony. I grew beans and bitter gourd that climbed like snake-ropes upwards. The floor was covered with spinach, tomatoes, chillies, brinjal, lady fingers and other flowering plants. My plants grew and grew. And then came the vegetables and more flowers; tasty, fresh vegetables and sweet smelling flowers. I rejoiced at the sight of my work bearing fruit. Every morning I would wake up and run to my garden to see how it was doing, to be welcomed each day by this beautiful sight! I also became interested in pets. I decided to grow fish. My husband and I kept them in a tank on the balcony amongst my plants. At that time, I accumulated a large variety of fish : Angelfish, Goldfish, Oscars, Carps, Moors, Tinfoil barbs etc. After a few months, I had an exquisite garden on the balcony and everyone loved to spend time there. Then one day we had to go to leave my country and I had to part with my dear garden. I gave the garden to my mother-in-law to look after. It was a year ago since we left my country. I miss my garden, my magic garden!

Geoffrey Gurumul Yunupingu Gurrumul is a gifted Aboriginal singer who has taken Australia by storm, topping the mainstream charts and earning plaudits for his „sublime‟ voice. He has been hailed as one of the brightest talents ever to emerge from the country‟s indigenous population. Most of his songs are sung in his native language of Yolngu. A mixture of traditional songs and new compositions, they reflect his background growing up in one of the most remote but beautiful parts of the Australian continent. Largely selftaught, he also plays drums, keyboards, guitar and didgeridoo. 3


AERACURA - story and artwork by Adele Jensen Aeracura Fairy Queen came to me one Halloween Day, that thinly veiled time between bright life and the hereafter. She came on a feathery-winged cloud day, colourful dawn softly breaking through clouds of creamy gold, pink and deep red. Tiny sweet smelling ground jasmine, sun-kissed, perfumed the air, adding their scent to the graceful pink bauhinia flowers and jacarandas in early bloom. With long brown hair and laughing eyes she beckoned me from the orange tree—pink crocuses sweetly growing all around. “Ah”, she said with outstretched hand, ”pray, don‟t remain

there in Saturnine gloom. Come ask me a boon! Don‟t you know I‟m fairy God-mother to those who truly believe. Together we shall sow seeds of fruitfulness on this very day.” The sun, the sky and clouds played hide and seek all that quiet still day. A breeze blew up and rustled through the leaves of the orange tree. “Shall I dance you a song, sing you a poem, written on the sunlit pages of my life?” I replied. “Ooh”, she said with gentle laughter. “What fun! Always

remember that whatsoever your will, shall be!” And in a shaft of golden light the blithesome Aeracura was gone. The sun brightly shone casting a yellow green haze over the hills and orange tree. A faint scent of orange blossom lingered in the air and in my heart I said „thank you‟ as dusk quietly descended on that quiet still day come November. And in that lingering light I savoured the sweet orange balm the lovely Aeracura had brought.

Preparing to Fly - Story by Chrystelle Swan continued....... “You are a dreamer, come down from the clouds!” my cousin once told me when I talked about my plans of travelling. I didn‟t like her response and since then I kept my ambitions to myself. Nevertheless, I knew that I had to act on my desires to make my dreams come true... At 16 years old I decided to do a Bachelor of Commerce whilst working part-time as an apprentice in a supermarket. I was motivated to make lots of money so I could pay for my driver‟s license and go away when I finished my exams. So for 2 years I saved up . I would go out very rarely and used to miss out on all the things that my friends were doing. But I had a goal, and this required sacrifices. Finally, the end of my studies was approaching. I loved going to the Youth Information Centres, as they offered a gold mine of possibilities! One day I found an article about the European volunteer service (SVE) for people aged between 18 and 25. It was about going to a European country to experience a different culture, whilst being active in the community. I went to the association that helped me find an organisation abroad. The process was slow, there were lots of seminars which explained what the organisation was all about. The next seminar was not until October, which was 4 months away, after I finished my exams. But as soon as I graduated and had my certificate in my hands, I couldn‟t wait for a taste of freedom! I packed my bags, and without any real plans, set off on the road to travelling...I was ready to improvise! 4


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