Just Dates June

June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month 

Anniversary of Mabo Decision (1992)

4 International Day of Innocent Children  / Tiananmen Square Massacre 1989

World Environment Day

8 World Oceans Day

10 Myall Creek Massacre

10-16 Men’s Health Week

12 World Day Against Child Labour

16 International Day of the African Child

16-22 Refugee Week

17 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought

20 World Refugee Day

23 United Nations Public Service Day

26 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking / International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

30 Introduction of Unemployment Benefits Australia

Some more Community Celebrations  you might like to mark with me!!

Geelong Victorious In Football and Politics

This week Geelong celebrates another AFL victory with a decisive win over Essendon. Earlier in the week a quiet victory for Geelong was played out on the veranda of the Queensland Parliament building.

Back in April when the Federal Budget announcement was filling the media a previously unknown Queensland politician made headlines in Geelong.

Responding to a Budget promise to build a fast rail link between Geelong and Melbourne, Queensland Government Minister, Cameron Dick suggested the money would be better spent in his state.

Unfortunately Minister Dick chose to expand on his proposal by telling the Queensland Parliament “Geelong is a place that no-one wants to visit . Even people from Geelong don’t want a fast rail to Geelong — except perhaps for one person — Sarah Henderson, who is Josh Frydenberg’s factional ally sitting on a wafer-thin margin of 3 per cent.”

Despite an attempt to explain his perspective to 3AW’s Tom Elliott
Cameron Dick was kicked “out of bounds” by a tirade of emails and social media commentary. As a Geelong born Queenslander I added my voice to the defense of my birth city.

I challenged Cameron Dick to at least honour the city with a photo shoot taken with a true blue Pivotonian. Minister Dick not only agreed to this conciliatory suggestion, he also offered to eat some “humble pie” in response to the public outcry from Corio Bay.

Just Dates: May

 

28 April -4 May          Heart Week

1          International Workers Day

1- 3      World Press Freedom Day

 2         Holocaust Remembrance Day

4        World Naked Gardening Day / World Labyrinth Day

5           International Day of the  Midwife

5-11    International Composting Awareness Week Australia

7           Worldwide Day of Genital Autonomy /   World Asthma Day

10          World Lupus Day

12      Mothers Day

15            International Day of Families / Al Nabka 

17            International Day Against Homophobia /  World Telecommunication and Information  Society Day

19-25    National Palliative Care Week

20-26    National Volunteers Week

20-27  Schizophrenia Awareness Week

21           World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

22           International Day for Biological Diversity

25-31        Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories

26           National Sorry Day

26-1 June Food Allergy Awareness Week

27 – 3 June          Reconciliation Week

29           White Wreath Day / International Day of UN Peacekeepers

31    World MS Day

Community Celebrations 

Just Dates: April

21 Easter (West)
22 Earth Day

Just Dates: March

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Just Dates February

Supporting Febfast 2019

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

1-7 World Interfaith Harmony Week

2 World Wetlands Day

4 World Cancer Day

5 Safer Internet Day

5-19 Chinese New Year of the Pig

6 Waitangi Day Aotearoa New Zealand  

12 Indigenous Freedom Ride Anniversary 1965  1

13 Stolen Generations Apology 2008 / World Radio Day

14 National Condom Day  

18 International Asperger’s Day

20 World Day of Social Justice / World Harmony Day

21  International Mother Language Day

Local Events in and Around Brisbane

Christmas 2018

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Catholic Missions Australia Christmas Card

As we celebrate the 12  days of  Christmas I greet my diverse social media  network with the universal message of peace on earth and good will to all.

I wrote this piece some years ago. It bears repeating just as our work of building peace and community is a constant refrain to life’s song.

May the ancient story of a child born in occupied territory open our hearts to the work of defending human rights.

May the birth of every child call us to our communal responsibility to protect children,to take them on wild adventures and to let them grow into the unique person they care called to be.

May the the image of a family forced to seek refuge and asylum far from their home inform our political choices as citizens of a global village.

May our messages of good wishes and happy holidays not blind us to the work of justice making and non-violence.

May the lights and decorations of the season remind us of our mission to bring light to the darkness and celebration to life.

May our gifting be generous as we remember those who live in situations of poverty and exploitation.

May we hear angelic voices singing our dream of peace on earth