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Celebrate community – and support independent media

The South Sydney Herald (SSH) is one of just a few independent community newspapers in Sydney. Established in 2002, the paper is published monthly (in print and online) thanks to more than 100 volunteer writers, visual artists, editors and distributors – and the ongoing commitment of South Sydney Uniting Church in Waterloo. We are also deeply grateful to advertisers and sponsors.

On Friday December 11, the SSH will host a virtual fundraiser, emceed by Julie McCrossin AM, with the aim of raising $5,000 toward production costs for this year.

The event will be a supporter-drive style fundraiser, with opportunities to interact and donate. The program will include a trivia quiz (plus prizes), an art and sports memorabilia auction (with auctioneer John Lanzky), interviews and musical performances.

Aunty Norma Ingram will welcome us to country (and invite acknowledgement of Indigenous sovereignty throughout many countries). Gumbaynggir-Wiradjuri artist Tim Gray (songwriter, keyboard player and vocalist with Redfern-based reggae fusion group Green Hand Band) will open the show, with performances by operatic, recital and oratorio soprano Claire Patti-Chehade, and singer, composer and pianist Mel Quinn.

Ms Quinn says: “Music is the universal language of the soul. Without music and the creative arts, we lose a fundamental component of human expression. Therefore, it is essential we protect, cherish, and celebrate the arts as fervently as we can.”

Claire Patti-Chehade, a member of the church council at South Sydney Uniting, says: “I am honoured to be using my voice for this event to fundraise for the paper, so that it may continue to tell the stories of South Sydney and its people.”

Singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin will also perform. Jacklin has just released two new songs for the Sub Pop Single Club – “to Perth, before the border closes” and “CRY”. Her most recent album, Crushing (2019), has garnered critical acclaim.

Participants can join via Zoom – from various community locations. We’d love to give a shout-out to your community group. Please let us know if you will attend by emailing editor@ssh.com.au/.

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SSH Celebrate Community, December 11, 7pm-8.30pm – join via Zoom ID 896 4678 9091, passcode 952216. To join, click here.

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