Earth Day 2019.

@humansingeelong and region are taking action to protect our planet. Today is Earth Day. On Friday 3rd May there will be another #schoolstrike4climate at 9.30am outside Geelong City Hall, with a March to @Richard Marles MP’s Office. PLEASE SHARE! Everyone is welcome/needed! If you’d like to help raise awareness of this event on Saturday 27th and/or Sunday 28th April at Market Square / Westfield Shopping Centre, contact Lisa Deppeler on with Climate Emergency in the subject line.

Taking Action Climate Emergency (2)

Extinction rebellion Geelong/Surfcoast displayed their #climateemergency sign (pictured here) from a local bridge over the ring road, today and at the start of Easter to raise awareness. #extinctionrebellion

Thousands of concerned people Paddled Out for the #fightforthebight on Saturday in Torquay. Photos on our facebook page by our photographer Phil Hines and the aerial shot here is by @mark.a.jager.

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E.A.T. English Around the Table.

There’s a new way to E.A.T. in Geelong, so why not get involved?! “E.A.T. is a weekly meal that enables new migrants including refugees and asylum seekers to broaden connection and social supports in the Geelong Area.” Coordinator Jaki Kuiper tells us about a new OneCare initiative called E.A.T. (English Around the Table).

One Care E.A.T.

In addition to sharing a meal and practising conversational English, E.A.T. aims to support the development of English language skills by offering a homework club for school aged students during the food preparation time, and after dinner ‘Literacy Circles’, where texts can be read and discussed by both adults and children.

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Peace of Mind Foundation Volunteer, Bronwyn.

‘My partner David was diagnosed with a GBM (Brain Cancer) in 2016, at the time we were both working full time and leading very happy, busy lives. Our worlds changed completely after his surgery, with me becoming his carer for the 14 months of his illness, something I did willingly as I didn’t think anyone could take care of him as well as me!’ We hear from Peace of Mind volunteer Bronwyn Haskell.

POMF Bron Beavs

‘During that time, I learnt how difficult and isolating having brain cancer can be, with little or no support in Tasmania. Sadly, David passed away in 2017 and I moved to Geelong to be near my family.

‘I knew I wanted to help the brain cancer community in some way so I did my research and found Peace of Mind Foundation and Bec Picone, a truly inspiring young woman.

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Blood Donation.

I’ve been frightened of needles for as long as I can remember. I get so anxious that I develop this weird and uncontrollable laugh, whimper thing, and have even been known to have blood not come out of my veins properly because they’re so tense that so often I have to get jabbed twice. Fun times.

Blood donations

But this year, I decided that there was a feeling stronger in my life than fear. And that was my desire to be part of the amazing group of people who save and change lives by being a blood donor.

The stats say it all really. 1 in 3 Aussies will need blood in their lifetime, but currently only 1 in 30 donate. And I’m not sure if you know, but every time you donate you can save up to 3 lives…. THREE!! Let that sink in friends. 3 people will live because I chose to feel anxious for 30mins. Woah! Donations are also used to help cancer and blood disease sufferers, road trauma victims, pregnant women as well as brain and open-heart surgery patients just to name a few. Pretty cool, huh?

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Freedom Stories.

Be inspired by Freedom Stories, a film about former ‘boat people’ who now call Australia home. It’s time for their voice to be heard! Award Winning, Filmmaker Steve Thomas, who enjoys holidaying down the coast, explores the achievements and struggles of these people, who arrived from the Middle East to seek safety around 2001. Some were just children, who were thrust into mandatory detention, they languished in remote places such as Woomera and Nauru and then had their limbo extended by temporary protection visas.

Freedom stories

Geelong’s Combined Refugee Action Group, CRAG, are hosting this movie in Bannockburn, Wednesday April 17 at 7:30 pm in the Bannockburn Cultural Centre, 27 High St. It’ll be a great opportunity to bring along friends and family members who might have questions about people seeking asylum, to hear the answers from the people who have lived experience. Entry by donation.

With astonishing resilience and enthusiasm to contribute, these people have gratefully rebuilt their lives here. Like those who have followed more recently, these are ordinary people caught up in terrible circumstances.

What goes up must come down.

This week is Youth Week and a group of Geelong Youths helped bring an animation to life, to address the increasing number of young people suffering from gambling harm. Bethany’s Gambler’s Help team joined forces with young locals and produced localised messaging targeted to educate and reduce youth gambling harm within our region.

“We hope that our campaign will encourage young people affected by gambling harm to seek support,” Grant Boyd Bethany Community Support CEO tells us.

Grant-Boyd Bethany

“The focus groups were extremely successful with all participants increasing their knowledge of the current gambling environment and how that impacts rural and regional communities.”

“We engaged young people in the Geelong region from Deakin University and Geelong Technical Education Centre, to develop a number of messages.”

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Memorial Service for Christchurch victims.

Memorial Service for Christchurh Victims. Geelong – we stand together! PLEASE SHARE! ALL WELCOME. Feel free to leave a comment if you can’t make it. “Council is pleased to be supporting a memorial service for victims of the Christchurch terror attack, hosted by the Islamic Society of Geelong and the Geelong Interfaith Network. Join us at City Hall next Monday, 15 April from 6-7pm. All welcome,” states Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood.

Muslim Memorial Service

The Memorial Service is an opportunity to reflect on unity, peace and our common humanity. The service will include a Welcome to Country, messages from the Geelong Mayor, the Islamic Society of Geelong, the Geelong Interfaith Network and the Maori Culture Community of Geelong.  Prayers will be said by faith, religious and nonreligious representations for the victims and their families. Contact: Veema Mooniapah