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Volunteers’ News – July 2022

Congratulations John Lanzky
SSH volunteer John Lanzky has been recognised in the recent Waterloo & Redfern Volunteer Awards presented by Counterpoint Community Services and the City of Sydney. John received an award for his work as a barbecue chef. Good work John!

Wonderful to see you enjoying better health.

Introducing Paul Bramble, photographer
You may have noticed a new name among our photographers for the last two issues. Paul is a local, having been born at Paddington Women’s Hospital and lived in Redfern and Waterloo for almost 30 years. His interest in photography started when he was struggling with mental illness, and he bought a cheap digital camera. He would use this every day as a creative escape from other pressures in his life. He found permanent housing and gave up photography until recently when Covid hit. Paul was able to use this hobby again as a way of getting out of the house, and a few people started buying his photos from Facebook and telling their friends. He’s bought some good cameras and has had a few photos published. He says he’d like to have an exhibition later this year and become professional. In the meantime, he loves helping out in his “beautiful community of South Sydney”; and volunteering with the Tribal Warrior organisation. Great work Paul, you have overcome a lot in your life, and we are delighted that you’ve joined our SSH volunteer family.

Free Digital Literacy Classes, Cliff Noble Centre Alexandria July 22, 10am-11am
Bookings are essential on 8512 8000 or

Here are a few things to do for winter in the City:

Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney Guided Walks DailyTake advantage of lovely Sydney sunny winter days and book a guided walk from 10.30am. Only 15 persons per tour, so bookings are essential. Enquiries 9231 8317, or book

Kids in the Garden has lots of activities for the School Holidays.
If you fancy a break from your City shopping or business, then lunchtime concerts could be just the thing.

St James Church, King Street, Sydney – Thursday July 16, 1.15-1.45pm
William Jack, Cellist with This Old Cello Box.
Concerts are free, but donations to the artist appreciated.

St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Macquarie Street, Friday Lunchtime Concerts
Each Friday from 1.10-1.50pm. There are Organ Recitals on the last Friday of each month. Entry is by a note donation, which supports the Church’s Sydney Music and Cultural Foundation, providing scholarships to young people studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

As always, take care and keep safe, especially if you are vulnerable or immunocompromised. If you celebrate Christmas in July, or Yulefest, as many seem to do to break up the monotony of winter, enjoy the warmth and good cheer.

Until next time,
Pat Clarke


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