Home' Aurora : Aurora June 2013 Contents Newcastle City Farmers & Makers Market
(BROADMEADOW - Griffiths Rd entry please)
WHEN... Most Sundays
TIME...8.00am till 1.00pm
$2 parking fee applies on the Showground
Phone: 4930 5156
Mob: 0427 630 144
Newcastle City Farmers and Makers Market is the largest
farmers market in the Hunter Valley. Our gourmet food
producers have an amazing tasty array of foods to sample
You get to chat to the farmer, find out where your food is
made, how to cook it and even taste-test while you shop in
the pavilions and around the village green atmosphere of
Along with food you will find artisan stalls selling the
Hunter's best range of quality goods, from clothing made
from vintage material to potters, jewellery makers and
painters. Everything you need to feed, clothe or surprise
your family can be bought at the Newcastle City Farmers
and Makers Market and you know it's all been made with
• Hand-made craft artisans • Farmer direct produce • 140 Stalls per market • Organic Produce • Boutique Wineries • Bread, cheeses, meats
www.newcastlecityfarmersmarket.com.au - for information & Market dates
Upcoming Market Dates 2013:
June 9th, 16th & 30th
Some of the students supported by the Lotus Educational Fund.
(Inset) Dianne Gamage.
Girls face many barriers in attending
school. These include a cultural preference
favouring boys, an expectation that girls will
marry early, resistance to co-ed classes,
distances to school which exceed local
security and morality codes, and a lack of
When Dianne speaks about her regular
visits to Laos, she repeatedly emphasises
the commitment of many people,
particularly St Therese's community, in
achieving the aims of the Fund. "It's not me
coming, it's the children of St Therese's.
The staff and the Lotus Committee have
worked hard to establish a relationship
between the girls of Savannakhet province,
Laos, and the students of St Therese's."
There is a strategic plan which involves
vision for the education of these
girls each year, at least until 2018.
rincipal of St Therese's, Duilio Rufo,
said, "We hold various fundraising
activities, supporting other causes
oo, and where Lotus is concerned,
ey goes such a long way in terms
of tuition, books, uniforms, backpacks and
even bicycles so that girls can travel to
school more easily.
"We're committed, as students, staff and
families, to supporting Dianne's work and
the Lotus Educational Fund and most
importantly, maintaining a relationship
between the schools," he said.
Through extensive fundraising, money
was raised to support the visit of three
St Therese's members in February this
year, Cath Crawford, Mary Russ, and
Amy Parker-Hilton. The group travelled to
Savannakhet with Lotus members Cathy
and Dianne, taking art works, letters, pencil
cases and other tokens from their students
to present to the Lotus girls.
An important aspect of the relationship is
that teachers have taken up the opportunity
to travel to Laos and experience Lotus in
action. Cath Crawford said, "I listened to a
father who stood and cried in thanks for the
education his daughter has received. Then
to listen to his impassioned plea for help to
educate his two younger daughters was
overwhelming, given the small sum required
and the huge impact this has on a little girl,
a family and a village.
"The impact on the children of St Therese's
has been a bonus. The children have a
great awareness of service to others, an
appreciation of what they have and a real
commitment to be involved in the education
of girls in Laos."
Dianne is now teaching in Bangkok, which
enables her to travel regularly to Laos and
to lead groups from Newcastle at intervals.
Phoudalay meets with the Lotus girls
weekly and keeps in touch with Dianne and
through her, St Therese's.
Committee member Cathy Hart recalls her
February visit to Laos: "We invited the girls,
their parents, village elders and teachers
to come to a meeting to formulate an
agreement. It was so hot, but the women
were wearing scarves and long sleeves
because they were meeting important
people and these were their best clothes.
They are the poorest of the poor, and they
want their daughters to have a better life."
To enquire or make a donation, P Cathy
Hart (02) 4957 4031 or E cathrine_hart@
hotmail.com You may like to visit www.
www.mn.catholic.org.au Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
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