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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 2 Hansard (18 February) . .

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The business side of the evening was a great credit to Heart Foundation ACT CEO Tony Stubbs and his enthusiastic staff. They made sure the raffle tickets, auctions and silent auctions were displayed to advantage to generate much-needed funds to carry on their good work.

For more than 40 years the Heart Foundation of the ACT has established a great reputation for its dedication to saving lives by improving the heart health of Canberrans. Through the generosity of the many sponsors, including presenting sponsor HP and supporting sponsor Audi, as well as the 300-plus attendees, the funds raised on the evening for the Heart Foundation exceeded $100,000.

In addition to the significant money that was raised on the night for the Heart Foundation, there was interesting interaction with other charities with quite a history of support for our armed forces and our inspirational military and civilian heroes—charities like Soldier On, Legacy and the RSL. On the night, the Canberra Raiders unveiled their Anzac round commemorative jerseys, which will all be auctioned off for these charities that do such a great job in assisting veterans and their families.

Through the efforts of people like Richard Rolfe, the Heart Foundation, the 10 diamond jubilee medallists, the Australian War Memorial and the Royal Australian Mint, the night became a strong affirmation of support for and recognition of our civilian and military heroes. The evening was a great success on many levels. The heart has a history as the symbol of bravery through lifesaving acts. Through the hearts of valour fundraiser, the proceeds will make a welcome addition to bolster the ongoing efforts of the Heart Foundation ACT.

Terrorism—Libya

MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.47): I rise tonight to talk about a very sad and tragic event which occurred earlier this week. On Sunday the terror organisation ISIS released a video which purports to show the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. The Egyptians had been held hostage for weeks after being taken by ISIS militants while working as labourers in Sirte, Libya. In most cases the beheaded men were taken when militants stormed their housing complex. They were then murdered. The beheadings continue a trend of deplorable executions carried out by ISIS. Sadly, we know all too well the threat they raise to our security and to our way of life.

The Coptic Church is a term used to describe Egyptian Christians. The Coptic Church is based on the teachings of St Mark, the author of the book of Mark in the New Testament. St Mark was a missionary to Egypt in the first century AD. Christianity spread through Egypt in the first and second centuries AD and New Testament writings dating from the second century have been found in Egypt. The Coptic Church is now more than 19 centuries old.

The Nicene Creed, a central statement of Christian belief which is recited in churches throughout the world, was written by St Athanasius. Athanasius was the Pope of Alexandria, the leader of the Coptic Church, from 327 AD to 373 AD. The Catechetical School of Alexandria is the oldest catechetical school in the world. It was established in 190 AD and continues to play an important role in theological training for the Coptic Church.


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