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Volunteers’ News – October 2021

I hope this month finds you all in good spirits and looking forward to some easing of Covid restrictions from October 11 for fully vaccinated people. Aged care residents will be able to receive two fully vaccinated visitors per day, which will be a great relief to those with close family and friends in aged care. With notifications changing almost daily it’s hard to keep up.

Once again, it’s Walktober (, but I suspect those of us who are able have turned the last three months into walking months.

Reopening of art galleries, museums, cinemas, theatres
I can hardly wait to get out and about to visit these venues, but check about opening times, dates and restrictions.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) will continue its exhibition by Richard Bell: You Can Go Now, since it was closed so quickly in June, until early November. Richard Bell is a renowned Aboriginal activist, artist and political commentator.

24th Annual Sculpture by the Sea October 21 to November 7
Outdoor exhibits will include artists from 2020 as well as some new exhibits. You can download a map, including access points and any forthcoming Covid restrictions at https://sculpturebythesea/bondi or you can phone 02 8399 0233.

Mental Health Month October 2021
The theme for this year is Tune-In, and the beautiful artwork for this year is by Tylah Lomas, a proud Kamilaroi woman, whose tribal totem is the goanna. Find out all about the resources available at

Climate Action
In the lead-up to the UN climate change conference in Glasgow, there will be a School Strike 4 Climate on October 15 ( and “Faiths 4 Climate Justice” actions on October 17-18 (see

The REDWatch AGM on October 7 will welcome Blak Douglas who will share tributes to the late Aboriginal artist Roy Kennedy. All welcome to join via Zoom:

SSH Cartoon Show – December 1!
Save the date! Norrie’s show opening has been rescheduled for Wednesday, December 1, 5pm. More details next month.

Vale Jack Carnegie
Jack Carnegie of Redfern passed away on September 16. Jack was among the founders of the Greens in Sydney, a unionist and activist, and fine photographer. Jack contributed numerous photos to the SSH over the years. Sincere condolences to Jack’s partner Jane, and to Jack’s many friends.

As always, keep safe; spare a thought for our hardworking medical workers, aged care workers and other frontline staff.

Until next time,
Pat Clarke

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