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Volunteers’ News – February 2022

Lunar New Year 2022 – until February 13
This is Year of the Tiger (the Water Tiger) in many Asian communities, and as always Sydney is putting on a show with style. There are Lunar Lanterns (always popular with children) along George Street, the Airship Orchestra (until January 30) at Tumbalong Boulevard until 9.45pm, as well as artworks in and around Haymarket and Chinatown.

Local Stories Live!
Friday December 11 was the stage for our second virtual fundraiser. Thanks to all participants and especially artists Toby Martin and Boy Torch (we are currently editing clips of these brilliant musical performances). It takes quite a bit of planning to put such a Zoom event together as locals with no studio etc., but our team came through with an evening of fun and games, and a bit of fundraising. You can donate towards our fundraising for this year’s issues at

Congratulations Allison Forrest
Our very popular distribution co-ordinator from 2020-21, Allison, has graduated as a Deacon from United Theological College, and has been offered a placement as Minister at Toronto Uniting Church (on Awabakal land, Lake Macquarie). Allison’s ordination ceremony, planned for February 5, has been postponed due to Covid restrictions. Allison, we wish you every success at Toronto, and hope to have news of your ministry from time to time.

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 2022 (United We Shine) – Friday February 18 to Sunday March 7
The Mardi Gras Parade this year will again be at the Sydney Cricket Ground, and tickets are on sale now. Covid-safe restrictions apply, and a full program and tickets can be found at: or

Belvoir Unwaged Performance Program 2022
Always in our February issue I publish the Belvoir Unwaged Program for our theatre-loving volunteers and readers for the coming year. Unwaged performances for 2022 are on Thursdays at 1pm and to claim your ticket visit the Belvoir Box Office from 11am on day of the performance. Pensioner, Health Care Card, Vets Card with photo ID (MEAA and Equity cards also accepted).

At What Cost – February 10
Opening Night – March 10
Wayside Bride – April 28
Sexual Misconduct of the Middle Classes – June 23
Tell Me I’m Here – September 8
Looking for Alibrandi – October 13
The Jungle and Sea – December 8

Memorial for Terry Irving – 2.30pm February 15 at Redfern Park
A memorial service to remember and give thanks for Bundjalung man Terry Irving will include music by With One Voice Redfern Choir. Park Café on Chalmers (thanks to Elly and Peter for hospitality). All welcome.

Until next time, keep safe by wearing your masks covering your nose as well as your mouth, practising physical distancing and washing your hands regularly.

Pat Clarke


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