Humans in Geelong Writing Competition.

Let’s get the kids writing about locals who inspire them! Winners will have their stories published in @HumansinGeelong and receive a great prize. Due Sunday 8th  September, the same day as our Book Launch, with winners announced at the Humans in Geelong Expo Sunday 6th October, 10am at Deakin Waterfront Campus. The Expo is a free community event with everyone welcome and something for everyone. Competition details in poster. PLEASE SHARE!

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The Man Walk Geelong, update.

“It has been confirmed by The Man Walk headquarters that yesterday’s The Man Walk Geelong, was the single largest group of walkers, ever to take place across the country since its inception. 26 amazing humans, including a 16-year-old who caught a bus at 6am to come along. Our Deputy Mayor Peter Murrihy also attended. But it’s not about the numbers for myself (Chris Lytas) or Luke Outerbridge – it’s about building community, habit and an opportunity to provide a sense of belonging and purpose to those that need it.

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“This picture sums it up best for me. The Man Walk Geelong: Walk – Talk – Support. Every Saturday morning at 7am, meet at the Eastern Beach Fountain.”

Thank you to everyone who shared our original post about The Man Walk Geelong.

Quote and photo: Chris Lytas. We are thrilled to welcome Chris as part of the @humansingeelong team. Humans in Geelong aims to Inspire – Connect – Strengthen. Chris came along to the Waurn Ponds Library on Wednesday to meet us and to find out more about our positive community project.

Come and meet Chris at the Humans in Geelong Expo 2019 on Sunday 6th October from 10-3pm at Deakin Uni Waterfront, 1 Gheringhap St. PLEASE SHARE. Chris will be delivering a talk titled: “Making people comfortable with speaking about the uncomfortable – why storytelling is key to normalising the conversation around Mental Health.” The time of this talk is yet to be confirmed. Keep an eye on our website for updates to the program for the day. The Humans in Geelong Expo 2019 is a free community event with something for everyone and everyone welcome. There will be speakers, exhibitors, performances, fun for the kids and a whole lot more.

Story: Jacqui Bennett. Photo: supplied

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.

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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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Geelong School Strike March 15th.

Over 1,000 concerned eco-warriors, young and old, turned out in #Geelong this morning urging for more action on climate change. The group, led by Kardinia students Laura Kelly, Noemi Walton and Jude Corbet, were vocal and determined. They met at 9am outside Richard Marles Office. Marles addressed the groups to shouts of “Stop Adani!” and “you need to do more!”

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They marched, placards waving, to City Hall, accompanied by drumming and chanting by the Junk Yard Band from Geelong Sustainability. Here students addressed the passionate crowd. They spoke of hope and the need for continued pressure. Many went on to join the Melbourne #schoolstrike4future #gretathunberg inspired #fridaysforfuture It’s fantastic to hear that Greta has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Check out her new TED Talk. She reported an hour ago: 2,052 towns in 123 countries on all continents including Antarctica were involved in this global #climatestrike. #whateverittakes

Photo: Phil Hines Photography. More photos  and Instagram @humansingeelong

Henna Artist, Anita

“Henna and Art are my passion! I was born in Afghanistan, and at the age of 4, my Mum, 4 siblings and I had to flee to Pakistan.” Anita Qayummi is a makeup and henna artist living in Corio. Anita, who is a current 2nd year apprentice completing her certificate 3 in Commercial Cookery at The Gordon, runs her own business called Geelong Henna Artist.

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“I started in 2016. Henna and art are my passion. I gained inspiration from other cultural art stalls at community events. I owe many thanks to Danielle Parker from The fOrT as she helped me with starting my business. Geelong Henna Artist attends many community festivals; I have been part of Barwon Health, Diversitat, Pako Festa, Sunday Markets, SKAART, and Rosewall Community Centre and Cloverdale Community Centre’s Festivals.”

“When living in Pakistan my Mum owned a beauty salon where my sister and I worked. We lived in Pakistan for a total of 13 years. Unfortunately, being an Afghan refugee in Pakistan, I still faced difficulties, for example, I would not have been able to attend University.”

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Asadollah Khaleghi (Asad)

“When I was 3 months old, my family who lived in Afghanistan, fled on foot across the country into Iran for a better life.” Asadollah Khaleghi (Asad) is a young bright Afghan refugee who has lived in Corio since day one of stepping on Australian soil. “When I was 3 or 4 years old, my father passed away. I grew up in Iran, going to school and started working at the age of 8 to help support the family.” Asad came to Australia in 2012 with his mother, brother and two sisters.

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Asad is currently a 2nd year apprentice with Bush To Beach Plumbing, where he also attends the Gordon to learn practical skills to further advance his knowledge and skill base. He enjoys both aspects of the apprenticeship. “In 5 years’ time, I see myself owning my plumbing business as well as continuing my singing performances”. He also participates in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), where he is extremely lucky to have Jamie Cockerell as a coach, describing him as “a really good man”.

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Disabled Surfers Association, Nick

‘Imagine the privilege of taking someone with a disability into the ocean for the first time and imagine the thrill for our surfers feeling the rush of a wave for the first time with an army of volunteers cheering them on. The Ocean Grove Branch of the Disabled Surfers Association (DSA) is all about putting smiles on dials! We’ve been doing this since 2009 and our 2018 events are February 4th and March 4th. We’d love to get more people involved!’ PLEASE SHARE! Their Secretary Nick Ansell tells us more.

DSA Photo Diana Willis

‘The DSA is a charity run totally by volunteers, which takes people with any disability surfing in a fun and safe environment. Our events are free, fun and life changing for both our surfers and our volunteers.

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