Page 437 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 15 February 2005

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This has to be part of a larger plan

Less we know, better the gain

And if next is your turn to go

Do not worry about saying no.

I read that as a precursor to remind us all that if we can make the time to support the Malaysian community and others, there is a charity golf day at Yowani Country Golf Club on Monday, 28 February 2005 described as, “A collective humanitarian initiative from the Canberra community, diplomatic missions and the people of Canberra.” Paul, in his foreword, writes:

I have been approached by members of our Asian communities whose friends and relatives have been tragically affected by the Tsunami. I was requested to organise a Golf event to raise funds to assist the victims.

My first reaction was that this sad occurrence has already generated a long drawn campaign and most people would be tired and possibly fed up with it by now.

On second thoughts, I feel that maybe the feeling of compassion within a human heart can never become stale. Additionally it is really impossible to turn our backs to the unfortunate members of our communities. So I made enquiries and was surprised with the generosity of the people of Canberra through the pledges of their continuing support for the victims of this calamity. For example, Yowani Country Golf Club has kindly consented to donate all proceeds from the collection of the green fees to this worthy cause.

All proceeds will be donated to the Australian Red Cross to assist with its humanitarian effort to ease the tragic outcome of this unprecedented horror. We are expecting to raise around $10,000 to $15,000 from the whole event. It may not be a princely sum but at least it is an honest effort from the bottom of our hearts.

Paul goes on to state:

We invite you to join and support us to make this a successful event. You may participate in any of the following ways …

He asked us to encourage one another to attend the function at 5.30 pm in the function room at Yowani Golf Club. It would be a mark of respect and it would show our support for the community. I commend the charity golf day to members.

Australia-Croatia congress

MR SESELJA (Molonglo) (5.52): On the weekend of 12 and 13 February I attended the Australia-Croatia congress and the Younger Generations 2005 conference and convention at Malua Bay, which had as their focus strategic planning and youth leadership. I thank Ivan Skratjula, president of the Australia-Croatia congress, and Branimir Sprajcer, head of Younger Generations, for inviting me to attend and address the conference. I also thank them for their hard work in organising the conference.

I pay tribute to Ivan Branimir and the members of the Canberra-Croatian community who have done a lot of work not just for this conference but also in building up and

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