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HUNTER RESIDENT AND CatholicCare
Hunter-Manning employee Berias
Masseque is a recent recipient of
the prestigious International Student Award.
Two years of seizing each opportunity and
running with it saw Berias become one of
the top three recipients from a group of 21
nominees across NSW.
The award, now in its second year,
acknowledges the contributions
international students make to
Berias' contributions include, but are not
limited to, performing Afro-fusion music
(a blend of tradition and modern African
rhythm) with his band at the Zimbabwe
Independence Day Concert, Halala Cultural
Concert, Homeless Christmas Day, Mental
Health Day and Refugee Week.
"I love the work I do," he says, appreciating
the chances to utilise his song writing
skills and dexterity with the guitar.
"I crave to give my best in every
opportunity, as well as integrate
my music into my work and
make a difference in the
His passion for music led him to
Australia in 2008, pursuing sound
engineering at TAFE, with his ultimate goal
being to apply for permanent residency and
bring his family to Australia.
Family, friends and colleagues were "thrilled"
by his award.
"They all think I deserved it after two
years separated from my wife and two
children, striving for better education and
opportunities for the family.
"This award means more than a validation or
recognition of my effort.
"It's a sign that I'm able to achieve anything I
wish, regardless of how I grow up and where
I come from."
Born in Xai Xai, Mozambique, Berias is
a trained mechanic but cannot practise
"I started looking for any sort of work to
support my studies."
By chance Berias heard a friend
talking about his work at CatholicCare
It was the perfect opportunity.
Working with young people at risk and
disadvantaged youth, Berias is able
to provide transitional and long-term
accommodation to young people who are
homeless or at risk of being homeless.
"It's rewarding to help a young person make
his own history.
"From my experience as an international
student, working nights and weekends
just to pay fees, as well as the hardships
growing up in Africa, I encourage young
Australians to take education and
opportunities seriously, not for granted."
While he is determined to "excel at all areas
of my life," living half a world away from
his family and learning his eighth language
"Everything is different from where I come
from. I'm still learning to engage and belong.
"But I like challenges, they make me stronger,
a better person."
With his positive outlook and strong work
ethic he has become a member of the
Hunter African Community Council where
he mentors young Africans, encourages
education and supports the soccer club.
Listening to him in an ABC radio interview,
one can understand Berias' appetite for life.
"You can be whatever you want to be in
Australia, you can achieve any dream
"Where I come from we have so many
dreams, we just don't have opportunities."
By SIOBHAN MCALARY
you want to be
in Australia, you
Berias doing what
he loves to do.
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