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Annual Report 2011-2012

 

NSW Indian Welfare Association

124 Chapel Lane Baulkham Hills, NSW 2153

 

 

 

Annual Report for the year 2011 – 2012

 

Dear Members,

 

On behalf of the Management Committee, it gives me great pleasure to present the 12th Annual Report of our Association for the year 2011-2012.

 

This has been a significant year for IWA as we have extended our services to new levels of community welfare. We received two grants: the first one from the Federal Government Agency – Organ and Tissue Authority - to promote Organ Donation Awareness among the Indian Community; and the second – a Seniors Week grant - to promote health lifestyle and food habits among the community.

 

We now have a logo and an active, dynamic web site, which has extended our visibility and with it the services we offer. See: www.nswiwa.org.au Our hope and ambition is to use the vehicle of web presence to offer many more services to our members over the coming years.

 

As in previous years, our monthly meetings for the seniors group were held on the second and fourth Mondays of every month at the Migrant Resource Centre, Parramatta. We adopted a theme of recognizing women writers, and through out the year, we had several talks and presentations by our seniors on women writers from around the world. And in addition, we organized a few healthcare related talks by leading practitioners in the field.

 

The Jeevan Dhan Project

The NSW Indian Welfare Association successfully carried out two events that were proposed in the original funding submission to the Organ and Tissue Authority. Both the events were well attended and received good press coverage and TV coverage by TVS channel, courtesy by Mr. Raj Nataraj. Mr Malli Iyer wrote articles for India Link and covering each of the events.


 

Event 1 : Jeevan Dhan Cultural Program - An evening of light music held at the Baha’I Centre in Silverwater, NSW on the 15th October 2011.

 

Entertainment for the evening was provided by the “Gana Mela” group led by Ramu and Uma Ayyar. There were over a dozen performers who volunteered their services for a noble cause. We had an audience of over 300 people for this event. A brochure specially designed for the occasion was handed out to every member of the audience.

 

An important part of the evening was the information sessions designed to spread organ donation awareness amongst the community. The speakers included: Professor Richard Allen, Professor of Transplantation Surgery in the University of Sydney, Ms Nicola Siefert, Intensive Care Donor Nurse Consultant, Mrs. Chandana Guha spoke movingly about her 12 year old daughter who received a transplant, and Mr Ryan Sabir spoke about his personal experience as kidney recipient.

 

Event 2: Jeevan Dhan Cricket Match

 

Entrusted with the task of organizing a cricket event, a sub-committee of IWA worked hard, made the necessary arrangements, assembled a team and successfully conducted a cricket match between Indian Community Team and Australian Transplant Cricket Club on 11 March 2012 at Sydney University Oval No. 1.

Professor Richard Allen, Professor of Transplantation Surgery in the University of Sydney provided enormous support and enabled us to have access to the Sydney University Oval and was one of the umpires as well.The Indian community team Manager and umpire was Mr Malli Iyer and the team captian was Prem Krithivasan. Pat Nolan led the ATCC team which comprised of members who were organ recipients or were transplant patients at some stage.

The IWA Team were the winners and were given a trophy sponsored by Mrs. Robyn Hookes of the David Hookes Foundation and donated by Mr. Deepak Bhownagari of Liverpool. 

 

The event was inaugurated by Ms. Jillian Skinner, NSW Health Minister. Other dignitaries present at the event included Mr. Harry Harinath, Chairman, Cricket NSW andAustralian cricketers Mr. Michael Bevan.

 

Organ and Tissue Authority provided caps, water bottles and IWA got Cricket Shirts made for players with the logo of Indian Welfare Association and the Organ and Tissue Authority.


Seniors Monthly Meetings

August 2011

 

  • 15 August - Independence Day Celebrations were held at Pennant Hills Centre. Mr Nat Iyer lead a discussion on the topic “ India-What Next?”

 

September 2012

 

  • 12 September - Talk by Mr.Jiva Parthiban on “A Project relating to Intergenerational Issues affecting the Tamil Community”
  • 26 September - A talk on “Anubhandha-the Indian Support group. This was followed by a book review by Mrs Balam Lakshmanan who talked about the book “Ramanujam’ by Kingsley.

 

October

 

  • 10 October - Talk by Ms Nikola Williams from Diabetes Australia who spoke

 

on "Vegetarian diets and Diet Management for Diabetics."

 

February

 

  • 13 February - Eye Health - by Dr Chandrahekar. He talked about Cataract, Glucoma, and macular degeneration followed by a discussion session .

 

March

 

  • 12 March : Mind your mind Program – Talk by Danielle White from Alzheimer’s Australia.
  • March 26th Monday : Being Women's day, started the series of Talks on Women Writers. The first talk in the series was by Mrs Saraswathi Venugopalan who talked about V.Mu Kodainayaki Ammal

 

April

 

  • 23 April: Talk by Uma Srinivasan – who talked about a few contemporary International Women writers

May

  • May 14th – Talk by Nat Iyer: Sareee Shop, Daughters of Ganges
  • May 28 – Talk by Mr Sri Skanda Das – Kannadasan

 

July

  • July 2 – Lakshmi Raman   - on Relationships

 

  • July 23 -   Mr Viadeeswaran – Topic: Walking with my Heart


Seniors Week Grant: Vegetarian Masterchef Competition for Seniors : March 24 2012

 

As part of our effort in encouraging healthy vegetarianism, we organized a cooking competition for Seniors at the Dundas Community Centre on 24 March. Participants were allowed to enlist help from younger members, but their recipes had to take into account originality, nutritional aspects and promoting good health. The judges for the competition focussed

 

on time taken, colour, taste, presentation and acceptance of their item in a restaurant environment. The winners were Mrs. Saroja Nagarajan, Mrs. Bhuvana Venkatraman and Mr. Cheenu Srinivasan.

 

This event was also reported in the Indian press.

 

 

Annual Day Celebrations

And finally we celebrated our Annual Day on 21 July 2012 with a number of interesting events that included a Q& A Session with generations, a topical skit in Tamil, a Talent Quest that showcased the hidden talents of our members. An interactive Garba dance workshop saw our members truly joyful celebrating the day, which concluded with a very tasty hot Dosa and Vadai Dinner.

 

And finally - We now have a new banner for IWA which we plan to launch at the AGM 2012.

 

All the details and the entire calendar of events are available on our website : www.nswiwa.org.au

 

 

 

Uma Srinivasan

Secretary, NSW Indian Welfare Association

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