12 November 2022
Buddies 20th Anniversary Dinner
Buddies members recently enjoyed a night of celebration and festivities at a multicultural buffet with entertainment held at Connections on King in Buderim
Ex-Director Paul McKinlay and special guest Barbara Brewster, founder of Buddies, reminisced about the early years of Buddies and launched the recently produced book 20 years in the making.
The event also included a buffet prepared by Siva, recent proprietor of Raj Restaurant in Noosaville and an exhibition of multicultural dancing.
A good gathering of Buddies old and newer
previous Buddies Director Paul Mckinlay
Barbara Brewster, founder of Buddies speaks about how we came into being and the political
Barbara Brewster, founder of Buddies.
Long term Buddies members Kayla Szumer and Margaret Landbeck
Buddies Director Len Mangan
A delicious meal was prepared and served up by Siva and helpers
A delicious meal buffet style
20 year flyer
18-23 September 2022
Learn English Holiday
Our homestay hosts and classroom volunteers have missed the opportunity to share their lives with our refugee guests due to COVID-19, so this LEH program was extra special!
On this occasion we had 26 participants in the program - from Ukraine (11) Iran (3), Afghanistan (5), Tibet (2), Iraq (4) and Syria (1). Along with the 17 adults and a teenager we also hosted 8 children under the age of 8, most of whom were here as part of a single-parent, female-led family. We therefore not only ran a program for adults but also ran a separate full program for the children.
LEH participants and friends
Connie and Phoebe - volunteers with children's program
Connie and friends
Ziena with LEH participants
Nataliia and Mariia (Ukraine)
Listening to Linsey's music
Linsey Pollak and the group making music
Preparing to dance at the Multicultural Dinner
Card games - on a wet day at the beach!
Meeting the snake at Wildlife HQ
Ozra and friend