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Volunteers’ News – July 2024

Winter is here, my dears, and shock-horror! Sydney was the coldest city in Australia last week, and it was as cold as I remember from my years working in the NSW snowfields.

Singing for Peace at St Stephen’s Church
With all the world’s troubles and especially continuing wars, I was uplifted by this concert featuring 10 Sydney community choirs (July 4 at St Stephen’s). The purpose is to raise funds for Nobel Peace Prize winner Medecins Sans Frontieres emergency relief. Donations can be made at https://msf-au.raiselysite.com/donate/.

Archie Moore, Artist – Golden Lion Winner at the Venice Biennale 2024
You may remember my April mention of Archie, a Bimambul and Kamilaroi artist from Queensland. His entry for Australia titled “Kith and Kin” has won the highly coveted and prestigious Golden Lion at the 60th Venice Biennale. This is a monumental work documenting names of his people over 60,000 years. Congratulations Archie Moore.

Chau Chak Wing Museum, University of Sydney
The Museum’s Egyptian Gallery has a permanent collection of artefacts. Admission is free and open every day, and until 9pm on Thursdays. Check the website for opening times and Special Exhibitions.

NSW Autumn School Holidays – July 8 to July 22
Youth in the City is a July School Holiday Program for young people aged 13-18 and has excursions, craft workshops and fun sports and recreation activities. This is not free, but you can email youthservices@cityofsydney or phone 02 8512 8771.

Take care in the school holidays, and during the rest of winter.

Pat Clarke
volunteers@ssh.com.au

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