The ongoing series of charity outreach to the most-in-need organised by Filipino-Australians and other multicultural communities in Sydney and collaborated by the local communities had a happier turn with children of international students gladly receiving toys and clothes.
The assistance outreach dubbed Humanitarian Support to Multicultural International Students and Their Families was undertaken by the multicultural Auburn Small Community Organisation Network (ASCON). This was held at the Auburn Youth Centre with the service support and in-kind donations of the various multicultural community organisation members of ASCON. This project was delivered in collaboration with the Alliance of Philippine Community OrganisationsInc (APCO), Kapit-bahayan Coop Ltd (KCL)Multicultural Assistance Task Force (MATF), FLAGCOM, andAssociation of Pinoy Studentsin Australia (APSA) and supported by 15 businesses, churches and not-for-profit multicultural community organisations with funding assistance by the NSW Government.
The community volunteers included Dr Cen Amores, MATF Chair and ASCON Project Coordinator; APCO Vice President Charles Chan was the health protocol officer; ASCON President and Proprietor of La Sadi Accounting, GhassanAlassadi; past ASCON Treasurer and President of Somali Welfare & Cultural AssociationIncFatma Mohammed;NSW Multicultural Seniors and Disability Association President Yin Lang Ge (Aga); community volunteer couple Willie and Abbie Plan and some APSA members led by Vincent Aquino, Josua Aquino Fernandez and Charles Jay Fernandez assisted in the orderly distribution of goods. Kapit-bahayan former Maintenance Officer, Joe Caballeroagain provided transport of the relief goods while many coop members donated their children’s preloved toys and clothes.
Many Kapitbahayan Coop and local community members reported that their children were very happy in knowing that their old toys and clothes were able to keep other children happy during the community lockdowns! We received more new commitments for more goods from new donors too.
[Photos taken by Ruben Amores, Kapit-bahayan Coop and ASCON Founding President]