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Volunteers’ News – April 2022

As I look out my window today, the sun is shining after lots of rain overnight. I’m hoping it will last, though the weather forecast tells me differently. Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers go out to those in northern NSW and Queensland who continue to suffer severe weather activity.

After a couple of postponements due to inclement weather, Autumn on the Green will take place on Waterloo Green on Friday April 8, 1-5pm. Come along for live entertainment, great food, an art exhibition, community information stalls, and a mechanical bull for the young and young at heart! [Sadly, this event was cancelled due to heavy rain.]

NSW School Holidays commence Monday April 11 until Friday April 22. Check with your local Council for activities and programs for the holidays.

Free Skateboarding Clinics at Sydney Park Skatepark – April 23. Free tickets are available for children aged 5-15 years on 0410 545 157 or

Sydney Royal Easter Show – Friday April 8 to Tuesday April 19
The first Easter Show was held in 1823, a long tradition for New South Wales.

This year tickets must be purchased online via Ticketmaster. For Easter Show transport timetables information is now available at

All other information about the Show can be found on

23rd Biennale of Sydney – RIVUS – until June 13
You may have seen the street banners advertising the Biennale as “Rivus”, and it refers to rivers, wetlands, salt and freshwater ecosystems and around waterways of the Gadigal, Burrumatagal and Cabrogal peoples. Artworks and installations are at various venues including Cockatoo Island, Art Gallery of NSW, MCA, Barangaroo and others. For information on all the venues and artists visit

Other events and activities for April
Parkinson’s Awareness Month – April 1-30
National Youth Week – April 4-14
Earth Day (Invest in our Planet) – April 22
World Day for Safety and Health at Work – April 28

Events and activities in May
Congratulations to volunteer distributor Noel Jeffs who will launch his book, Maturing in the Religious Life, at 11am on Monday May 2 at Lobby Boy in South Eveleigh. The book will be launched by Dr Matthew Egan, Senior Lecturer Business School, University of Sydney, and the MC will be Thor Blomfield, Community Development Co-ordinator, St Vincent de Paul Society.

A collaborative exhibition to mark Neighbourhood Centre Week (May 9-15) and featuring work by artists from Poets Corner Art Group and Saturday Art Workshops at South Sydney Uniting Church will open at the Orchard Gallery on May 14. Further details next month.

Wishing all our volunteers, readers and supporters a very happy and safe Easter and school holiday break.

Until next time,
Pat Clarke


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