Painting with purpose
Wilkinson Primary School is getting involved in Marrickville Council’s ‘Live to Create’ initiative – a program that encourages and provides an outlet for creative expression in order to deter graffiti and tagging among young people. Local artists worked with students to create two large murals that can be seen from the Park Street entry to the school. The murals, inspired by the children’s own imagination, are quirky and dream-like, brightening the whole school and suburb.
Far Off Family
For six decades World Vision has been instrumental in engaging the community in the struggle to eliminate world poverty, enabling comparatively wealthy westerners to make a difference in the lives of children, and indeed even small villages, from the comfort of their homes. However, there are those who are willing to step outside their comfort zone to support at good cause…
Meet Demetra Proestos, Manager of the Balmain PCYC, who recently spent a month in Ethiopia visiting her World Vision sponsor child. After four years of communicating via letters and photographs, Demetra made the decision to meet Dawit and his family face to face.
Despite the community’s obvious struggles, Demetra was overwhelmed by a flood of warmth and hospitality she experienced, and was able to witness the positive changes that her contribution has brought to the village. The experience has hardened Demetra’s resolve in the fight against poverty, and she encourages others to get involved in this enriching experience by sponsoring a child of their own.
For more information visit worldvision.com.au.
Celebrate a Local Star
Leichhardt has introduced a new award for deserving members of the community – the first ever Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year awards are to be announced on September 17th to honor individuals that have made outstanding contributions to the community. If you live, work, study or volunteer in Leichhardt get involved by nominating your local hero; nominations closed August 22nd. For more information go to: www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/News-and-Events/Latest-News/Citizen-of-the-Year-Award or call 9367 9047.
• Words: Millie Cotes