Club La Vida Salsa dance for Geelong Mums.

Club La Vida Salsa Inc had the pleasure of volunteering their time to dance for the amazing Geelong Mums’ volunteers end of year celebration which was held at Cockies Brewery in South Geelong.

On the 28th of November Geelong Mums posted “259. That’s the number of babies and children in the Geelong region on our waitlist who need support before Christmas. 25 babies don’t have a safe cot to sleep in.

One of the babies on the list was due to be born early December. “His Mum escaped a violent relationship, fleeing to her parents’ home. When they found she was having a baby, they kicked her out. She’s since found a place to live and all she wants to do is set up a safe place for him. But she’s struggling to buy food and pay the electricity bill, let alone buy nursery equipment, new or second-hand.”

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Homework Club at St Andrew’s Anglican Church Corio

It’s a place filled with youthful enthusiasm. A place buzzing with conversation. A place of teaching and learning. A room where smiles are frequent, and engagement is high.
This is the Homework Club at St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Corio.

“It’s inspirational seeing the energy between the young people learning and the confidence that grows between them.” Jillian Giddings is the Co-ordinator of the Homework Club, a local parish initiative which runs in partnership with Anglicare Victoria, Geelong Grammar and Kardinia International College. The club has been operating since 2010 and still has a strong membership.

Homework Club

Local Grade 5 to Year 12 students for whom English is an additional language, attend Homework Club after school once or twice a week with the common purpose of improving their English literacy skills.  Many are refugees from countries such as Mayanmar (formerly Burma), Iran, Thailand, Afghanistan and Sudan; some born in refugee camps, others born in Australia.  Jillian explains that the Homework Club is important to the students for many reasons.  “We forget sometimes that these children are coming from traumatic circumstances, so their emotional well-being is our first priority, and the learning comes second.”

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Fiston Baraka.

“One day I went to a local petrol station to buy some water and soft drink for guests at my parents’ house. It was 7pm. As my friends and I came to the front door, the owner locked the door. There are people that will judge other people based on their appearance. This experience made me stop wearing hoodies, especially at night time.”

Fiston Baraka

Fiston Baraka is a 19 year old music artist and creative thinker who lives in Corio. Born in the Congo, Fiston and his parents spent their lives moving and relocating due to the wars in the country. For seven years, he stayed at a camp called Lusaka in Zambia, south of the Congo. His parents applied to UNHCR, and after some years moved to Australia. Fiston and his family have lived in Australia for 10 years.

“It has certainly been a spiritual journey. I can’t describe the feeling of being accepted in Australia, learning a new language, and meeting new people from new cultures. I was introduced to AFL, a sport I’d never heard of. I lived close to a football club, and the coach asked me to have a go. From then on, I have played for the Bell Park Dragons and Anglesea Football Club. I am a short person. That is not good in AFL. But I use this challenge and turn it into a strength. Height isn’t the problem, it’s the attitude about height.

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Dr Mary De Garis, Herstory. By Ruth Lee.

While Mary De Garis was only one woman, she managed to positively affect a vast number of  women and children, in early 20thC Australia. She was Geelong’s first woman doctor , a fearless war surgeon and writer who advanced the path of women into the medical profession.

Dr Mary De Garis car 1920's

Mary was the 31st woman to graduate in medicine in Victoria. She worked in outback hospitals as a surgeon prior to 1910 – in Muttaburra, Qld and Tibooburra, NSW and travelled solo around the world, witnessing suffragette marches in London and the USA.

With World War 1, she tried to enlist for war service but was rejected by the army – only nurses could enlist. But Mary and 25 other women doctors did serve in the war – independently with voluntary organisations such as the Scottish Women’s Hospitals, under the allied armies  of Serbia, France, Belgium and Russia.

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‘Disco disruption’ this Friday Dec 6th starting at the Mall at 4.30pm, all welcome! We welcome climate activists and concerned citizens from all around the Geelong region. The aim is to draw attention to the climate and ecological emergency.

DISCObedience was started by extinction rebellion in Melbourne, said organizer, Erica Hunt who is a member of the Geelong-based rebels, Extinction Rebellion. “Since then it has spawned high-impact civil disobedience actions in Britain and other cities around the world, and now it’s coming to Geelong.”

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Grill’d Fundraising Jar for Humans in Geelong.

Thanks Stu and 135A Grill’d Pakington Street for having Humans in Geelong on a fundraising jar for December. Grill’d give back to the community every month by giving three local groups the opportunity to raise either $300 (top token scoring group) or $100 for the two runners up. Customers pop their tokens in the jar of their choice and everyone is a winner; thanks to healthy hamburgers, huge section on sustainability on their website, supporting a local business and supporting great local causes.


Every year, Stu and Grill’d has donated 100s of vouchers for our Humans in Geelong Expo Gift Bags. We really appreciate your support.

Humans in Geelong Incorporated will use the funds raised to continue to INSPIRE – CONNECT – STRENGTHEN our community by sharing the powerful, positive stories of locals who are making a difference. We are thrilled to be delivering the HuG movement because positivity can change the perspective of a community.

The other groups in the running are One Fire and Anam Cara Geelong, you can read their stories on our website. Good luck to all.

Photo: Stu from Grill’d with HuG Founder, Jacqui Bennett.

Busking for a Change 2019, Jeffrey Jordan.

Jeffrey Jordan is determined to make a difference to the lives of the homeless again this Christmas. You can read his story in our Humans in Geelong Book or

Jeff tells us “This year’s Busking for a Change is on Sunday 8th of December from 2pm at The Deck. 3 Main stages, 3 Levels $10 entry.. More than 42 performers.. All to raise money for people suffering Homelessness on Christmas.

“It’ll be All ages from 2pm- 8pm and rest of the night.. Drink, party, celebrate, watch the best live entertainment and spread the love.

“Spread the word and hope to see your beautiful faces there ❤️

“Wanna know who’s performing? Check out the event page below 😉