Sunday, May 31, 2020

Featured Social Media Posts May 2020

Graphic by Jesse Remedios

Acknowledgement in a Virtual World A useful resource from  the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council.

Today is Diversity Day at my old school,St Joseph's College Geelong. I am proud that in this 50th anniversary of my Year 12 group my Alma Mater celebrates the diversity of its community.
As a Gay Catholic and life member of the 
St. Joseph's Old Collegians Association
 I join this celebration with a new generation of young men respecting the richness and diversity of our masculinity. #SJCDiversityDay

The post that scored more interest than religion, ,politics and sport in May:
”Learn a new skill” is the call during isolation. So, after 67 years I am finally baking scones like my dear old Mum.
The design might be a bit rough but you have to admit the presentation is straight out of Hyacinth Bucket’s Guide to Candlelight Suppers.

"Pushing the Boundaries" is going to be the title of my biography. Today I took another step in the journey of boundary pushing by applying to be a participant in the next Spencer Tunick PhotoShoot: Staying Apart Together.I was in the amazing 5000+ shoot on the steps of the Opera House back in 2010 so what better way to celebrate the 10th anniversary than an online event. No I am not in this set,but will publish our pics when they are released!!

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Diversity Celebrated at St Joseph's College, Geelong

What a great image and message from St Joseph's College,Geelong, my  alma mater!!!  As a life member of the St Joseph's Old Collegians Association  and  gay #Catholic I am proud that "Joeys"now recognises and celebrates the diversity of its  community, past and present.

In our Year 12 class of 19790 this recognition was neither  spoken of nor encouraged. So in this 50th anniversary of my graduation from SJC  I will join the #SJCDiversityDay from Brisbane on Thursday.

From the Facebook page of the College:

This week, St Joseph's College will focus on the wonderful thing that is diversity!

Normally this would involve a week of activities culminating on Diversity Day, students will still be taking part with #SJCDiversityDay on this Thursday - only this year it will be in their homes all over Geelong!

May the walls that divide us to be torn down, and to build bridges of understanding and unity. #SJCGeelong ##idahobit2020🏳️‍🌈

My "Coming Out" Story

Newspaper interview with Tony Robertson

National Volunteer Week 2020

One of the practices I learnt from my parents was the value of volunteering in the local community. They modeled  their belief in faith and neighbourhood in action and commitment.  My father was a life long member of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Geelong.  As well as a weekly meeting, Dad looked after the management of  Halstead Place, a hostel for rough sleepers. He also cared for the garden at our local parish Church and was a regular on the Meals on Wheels program.
My mother came from a family where commitment to school, church and community was ingrained as the way of living. As well as school Mothers Club and canteen rosters, Mum joined committees for the local parish and in later life, the management committee at her retirement village. As with many homemakers Mum also volunteered an amazing volume of cakes and goodies for fetes and fundraisers.  When our family were sorting out finances after Mum’s death we discovered her incredible generosity to causes and campaigns that worked for the common good.
I inherited much of this understanding and commitment to volunteering.  Some of my most treasured young memories are the days when my Dad would “dink me” on his bike to the hostel where he cooked and cared for rough sleepers.
On this National Volunteers Week I give thanks to those organisations that have provided me with opportunities for “Changing Communities. Changing Lives”  The change has been in my outlook and understanding of the world and how we work together to build community.
At 67 years old I look back with gratitude to the groups and communities that provided volunteering experience and life long learning for me:
As well as groups and associations I have been able to volunteer my services as a photographer to friends and public events as a citizen journalist. This is a role where I am able to use my images to  challenge social exclusion, prejudice and injustice.
As I begin a new era as a senior citizen I have taken up membership of advocacy groups such as   COTA for my generation.
My hope is to continue to volunteer for my community and causes that promote social change. I hope that through my volunteering at this stage of life I can mentor a new generation of awareness and commitment.

Saturday, May 02, 2020

Scott MacKinnon RIP

Life is so fragile. We need to hold each other close more often. We need to tell each other how much we love, appreciate and care about each other.

During the week another missing person notice was released by Qld Police. I only glanced at he pic and thought,"he looks familiar" but left it and moved on.

Today I discover that Scott MacKinnon was found dead at 32 in tragic circumstances.. You see I did know Scott a few years ago when I was involved with the Jane Street Community Garden.

Scott was one of those guys that was always in the background quietly doing the real shit without seeking accolades. He was the guy who taught me so much about composting and how to turn the stuff correctly in the different bins. He was a beautiful young man who smiled and patiently explained the composting cycle with understanding and commitment to creating gardens that supported communities.

My heart is grieving for this loss.We weren't close mates but he always stopped to talk and we shared some laughs and I learnt the power of coffee grains in the soil from this wonderful man. 

There is a moving tribute to Scott over at the Food Connect Brisbane Facebook Page.  It finishes with a sentiment that I will echo: "We are all in shock, and we'll miss you, Scott. You were an integral part of our whole. We'll strive to honour your memory by continuing the fight for a fairer food system and a kinder society." 

 Scott's family have asked us not to send flowers, but a small donation to the Human Connection Project would be appreciated. 

If any of you find reading this difficult, please seek help. There are caring and dedicated people on the following numbers who can offer assistance. 

  • Lifeline: Call 13 11 14 
  • Beyond Blue: Call 1300 224 636 
  • Headspace: Call 1800 650 890 

 There are also Mental Health First Aid Courses available at Red Cross and St John's Ambulance, if you're interested in enhancing your skills to respond to members in your own community.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Just Dates May

1          International Workers Day

2         World Naked Gardening Day/
           World Labyrinth Day

 3          World Press Freedom Day

3-9        International Composting Awareness Week Australia

5           International Day of the  Midwife /
             World Asthma Day

7           Worldwide Day of Genital Autonomy 

8-9        Remembrance of those who lost their lives during the Second World War

10         Mothers Day     
             World Lupus Day

15         International Day of Families
             Al Nabka 

17          IDAHOBIT  Day  
             World Telecommunication and Information  Society Day

18-24    National Volunteers Week

21           World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

22           International Day for Biological Diversity

24-30       National Palliative Care Week
                 Food Allergy Awareness Week

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

26           National Sorry Day

27 - 3 June          Reconciliation Week

29           White Wreath Day / International Day of UN Peacekeepers

31           World MS Day

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Earth Day 2020

Earth Day is April 22 of every year. April 22, 2020 will mark 50 years of Earth Day.

The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.

Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.

On Earth Day 2020, we seize all the tools and actions that we have, big and small, to change our lives and change our world, not for one day, but forever.

While the coronavirus may force us to keep our distance, it will not force us to keep our voices down. The only thing that will change the world is a bold and unified demand for a new way forward.

We may be apart, but through the power of digital media, we’re also more connected than ever.

On April 22, join us for 24 hours of action in a global digital mobilization that drives actions big and small, gives diverse voices a platform and demands bold action for people and the planet.

Over the 24 hours of Earth Day, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day will fill the digital landscape with global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins and more.

While Earth Day may be going digital, our goal remains the same: to mobilize the world to take the most meaningful actions to make a difference.

No matter where you are, you can make a difference. And you’re not alone, because together, we can save the Earth.

Visit on April 22 as we build an Earth Day unlike any other — We’re flooding the digital landscape with livestreamed discussions, a global digital surge, and 24 hours of actions that you can take, right now and from wherever you are.

Saturday, February 29, 2020

A Shameful Day in Parliament

This disgusting behaviour of Coalition members of Parliament should be called out and the Hindu community request for an apology should be honoured.

I am ashamed and embarrassed by the dominant culture of the LNP. 

I call on the Member for Brisbane, Trevor Evans MP to denounce this behaviour by his colleagues


Saturday, February 15, 2020

Fred Smith Brisbane Launch

Brisbane friends, if you haven't heard Fred Smith before then log this date into your diary for the Brisbane launch of his new album, Domestic.
Check his material out on Youtube then come along and support this amazing Aussie artist who speaks truth to power.

Where: Junk Bar215 Waterworks Rd, Ashgrove, Queensland

All Ages Licensed

  • General Admission: $25.00
  • Buy Tickets – 07 3168 2993
  • Additional fees may apply