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Volunteers’ News – December 2022

It’s hard to believe that the end of the year is upon us. The time seems to have passed so quickly.

I’d like to send best wishes for a speedy recovery to our Assistant Managing Editor, the Rev. Andrew Collis, who has been unwell lately. We hope you are out and about soon Andrew.

Congratulations to Norrie
We always knew our cartoonist norrie mAy-welby was brilliant and always on-topic; and now norrie has been selected to share their cartoons in the Absolutely Queer Exhibition at Sydney WorldPride 2023. The exhibition will spotlight Sydney leading queer creatives who, like norrie, reshape attitudes towards their communities. You can read more about norrie’s ground-breaking activism.

Sydney WorldPride 2023 will run from February 17 to March 5, 2023, and will be the largest global event to be held in NSW since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. There will be over 300 events celebrating Australia’s diverse LGBTIQA community, and will include the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on February 25. Festival guides, tickets to events and other information can be found at

Martin Place Christmas tree and fairy lights until January 1
The City of Sydney is again showcasing the lights at Martin Place, with the tallest Christmas tree in New South Wales. It will feature a massive 110,000 LED lights, a colour-changing star and 330 specially created Christmas baubles. What a wonderful treat for the whole family, on display until January 1, 2023. Other lights to see in the City are at Darling Square, The Rocks, Darling Harbour and the QVB.

Sydney Festival January 5-29
Olivia Ansell again welcomes Sydneysiders to new operas, plays, interactive experiences (including one of my favs, Frida Kahlo, from January 4 at the Cutaway, Barangaroo). As usual there are free events for children and adults. For a full program and ticketing contact

The Vigil: Awaken January 25 Barangaroo Reserve 7.45-10.30pm
This year’s Vigil, part of the Sydney Festival, is an epic collaboration of ceremony, light and song, created by Jacob Nash and Stephen Page. This is a free event and you can find more information at

Thank you to our volunteers for 2022
Thank you to South Sydney Herald’s wonderful volunteers. We look forward to seeing you all in 2023. Also a big thank-you to our regular contributors, advertisers, readers and friends.

Best wishes for the Festive Season and the holidays. Don’t forget Covid variations are still lurking out there, so keep yourselves and your loved ones safe.

Until next year,
Pat Clarke

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