As part of their offering for the 75th Anniversary of the Philippine Australian Bilateral Relations, Kababaihang Rizalista Inc. (KRI) and Radio Tagumpay Triple H 100.1FM is undertaking an awareness campaign for the National Monument for Migration appeal.
Australia's National Monument to Migration ( previously known as 'Welcome Wall'), honours and celebrates all who have migrated from around the world to live in Australia. The Museum collects the stories of migrants to Australia and the Wall is one of our most important and visible ways of recognising the people behind these stories. Over 30,000 names already appear on the 84 bronze panels that are joined together and run down the northern promenade of the museum, facing Pyrmont Bay.
Three years after being touched by the unveiling ceremony for the inscription of the names of the grandparents of her husband, KRI Secretary, Radio Tagumpay broadcaster and TAF writer, Violi Calvert registered herself in January this year. She was included in the first batch who joined in time for the Welcome Wall to be elevated in March as the National Monument for Migration. Her inscription is on: Panel 83, Row 2, Line 19.
Subsequent enquiries revealed that there had been other Filipino-Australians who had been registered in the then Welcome Wall. In fact, much loved Ms Lolit Farmer OAM was one of the first ones to respond to the call. Her inscription appears on: Panel 1, Column 1, Line 11. Another two Fil-Aussies who were registered include Dr Zeny Edwards, with her inscription on Panel 23, Column 1, Line 9 and Evelyn de la Pena Redimerio in Panel 74, Column 2, Line 93.
Evelyn de la Pena Redimerio
The deadline for the next batch to be unveiled during Harmony Week in 2022 is June 30, 2021. This in line with the donation of $500 being deductible.
In return for the donation of $500, the registrant is entitled to the following:
- A personal inscription in bronze on Australia's National Monument to Migration (previously known as 'Welcome Wall'); can be multiple names as long the inscription is no more than 43 characters
- Dedicated online profile page, word limit of 3000 words and 10 photos
- A profile that can be securely managed and shared with friends and family
- Research functionality: search other names who may have arrived via the same vessel / time
- Exclusive invitation to an unveiling ceremony for new inscriptions on the wall
- A tax-deductible receipt.
Those who were born overseas and migrated to Australian have contributed to the country. At the same token Australia has given them many opportunities and a safe place to call their home.
To avail of the opportunity to give back to the country which has given us so much, here's the link to use to register and set up the donor's profile page:
National Monument Donation - The Store: Australian National Maritime Museum (anmm.gov.au)
Bayanihan News has also publicised the information on the Appeal.