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Diwali Mela 2020

Diwali Mela, the Festival of India is one of the biggest multicultural events in Western Australia. This year with over 25,000 visitors were at Claremont Showground on 7th & 8th November 2020 from 3.00 pm to 9:30 pm to enjoy this wonderful event.

Hon. Mark McGowan, Premier of WA, Hon. Paul Papalia, Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, Hon. Sue M Ellery, Minister for Education and Training, Hon. Simone McGurk MLA, Minister for Child Protection; Women’s Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services, Hon. Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations, Mr Antonio (Tony) Krsticevic MLA, Shadow Minister for Community Services; Youth; Special Shadow Minister for Homelessness; Cost of Living; Housing; Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader in Citizenship & Multicultural Affairs (representing leader of opposition), Hon. Catherine (Kate) Esther Doust MLC, MS Dantu Charandasi, Consul General of India and members of the all political parties, and many other dignitaries joined the event. ISWA is thankful to all the guests who joined in the celebration. The event was highly appreciated by the community members.

There were a variety of food and market stalls, kids’ rides, art exhibition, Rangoli competition, Diya decorations for kids, heritage and language stalls, cultural performances throughout the evening and culminating in spectacular fireworks at 8:30 pm on each day.

The celebrations include cultural presentations by local artists, which will have performances by the members of the Indian community and the wider Western Australian community.

Messages and wishes

Diwali Picture Links are available below and being uploaded to our Facebook page.

Diwali Mela Videos will be uploaded soon, please keep an eye in the post for more updates

Photos from Day 1 Diwali Mela 2020

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Gandhi Jayanti Celebration, 2nd October 2020

Indian Society of Western Australia celebrated Gandhi Jayanti in collaboration with Borderless Gandhi, Consulate General of India and University of Western Australia

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Free Yoga Classes By ISWA

ISWA organizes free yoga classes for Health & Happiness on every Tuesday 7 – 8 pm, Thursday afternoon 4 -5 pm and Saturday 9 – 10 am.

Links for the events

Tuesday: https://www.facebook.com/events/564975504172686/

Thursday:https://www.facebook.com/events/234141227621079/

Saturday:https://www.facebook.com/events/253140015734766/

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Taste of India Season 1

Taste Of India – A Cooking Show By ISWA Women’s Wing is an initiative is to showcase a variety of cuisines from India.

Every Sunday, 10 am to 11am, an Indian cuisine will be prepared by a budding chef from the community – and will be streamed live through the Facebook page of ISWA.

The recorded show of Season 1 is now available from the YouTube channel of ISWA.

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Men’s Time – Free Breakfast on Father’s Day – by ISWA

A Men’s Time – Free Breakfast was organised on the special occasion of Father’s Day on 6th of September with Masala Tea, Coffee & Breakfast. It was a time for men to connect with new friends and share information.

A range of talks and presentations on health, career, current social issues such as domestic violence were presented by esteemed speakers. A bit of karaoke music and songs was enjoyed by our guests.

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Business Connect in COVID19

On 13th September 2020, the Business Wing of Indian Society of Western Australia (ISWA) organised time for our business people to connect and share information during the challenging times.

About 130 Indian origin business persons participated in the event. The new ISWA website was launched and a business directory (free for corporate members of ISWA) was launched to promote and showcase local business through ISWA website.

It was a great networking event with delicious dinner.

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Student Connect in COVID19

The Student Wing of Indian Society of Western Australia (ISWA) organised a Free lunch and networking meet-up for all students of Indian origin in WA across all universities and colleges. The event was held in Murdoch University. More than 180 students from different Universities and institutes joined the event.

Kelly Smith, Pro Vice Chancellor International at Murdoch University and Phil Payne,  Chief Executive Officer, StudyPerth, Australia were also present in the event.

On 15th August, 2020, Hon Minister Paul Papalia presented a check of $188,000 to ISWA for extending the support to Indian students during COVID19 time.

During this event the procedures to access the student grant was explained to students seeking help from this relief fund and registration was initiated.

ISWA’s first ever Mentorship Program focusing on the Indian diaspora to identify, develop, connect, integrate, and help excel Indian students in Western Australian industry / market was launched along with $50 grocery voucher to each student who registered for grocery help and

It was a great networking event with great talks, food and DJ.

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Language and cultural classes

Mast Cultural and language Association

The association has restarted the language and cultural classes. The classes were stopped due to Covid19 now it’s started regularly. The classes are scheduled at 2 pm every Saturday @ Riverton Library.

The students are learning basic Gujarati and Hindi languages. Students are encouraged to identify fonts. Taught and encouraged to speak and express their feeling in their own language i.e. Mother tongue. Students are encouraged to communicate with their elder’s, grandparents in our own language. Students learn about our rich culture, traditions and social traditional festivals. They learn about religious celebrations with social and humanitarian principles. The classes are running free of cost.

You can contact Mausam @ 0470 384 254 or Ranna @ 0413 572 311 weekdays after 5.30 pm.

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Shabri: Mahan Ram Bhakt Ji Katha

Yatendra Sharma

Shri Ram Katha Sansthan Perth, a proud Associate Member of ISWA, is very pleased to announce the publication in e-book form of its new novel authored by its Founder/ President Dr Yatendra Sharma, Shabri: Mahan Ram Bhakt Ji Katha.

It is Hindi edition, English Edition may be available soon. For those interested in Hindi literature on Aryan culture during Treta yug, this book may interest. It may be downloaded from Amazon at a marginal price, around  AU$2.20 only. Since Shri Ram Katha Sansthan is a not for profit organisation, the price is kept very low.

Whomsoever interested but may not have access to Amazon, please advise me on yatendra@optusnet.com.au and we will send you free PDF version. Eventually, subject to the approvals of the MC of respective organisations of Hindu Council of Australia, Hindi Samaj of WA and ISWA, a hard copy launch of the novel will be organised once COVID situation is eased. Please circulate this message to those interested in Hindi literature.

त्रेता युग श्री राम का भू अवतार समय।

शबरी: रामायण की एक महत्वपूर्ण पात्र, श्री राम की एक अनन्य भक्त। सीता हरण के पश्चात अरण्य वन में श्री राम और लक्ष्मण एक वृद्ध महिला के आश्रम जाते हैं, और पूछते हैं: “जनकसुता कइ सुधि भामिनी। जानहि कहु करिबर गामिनी॥” क्या शबरी अयोध्या की एक गुप्तचर थीं जिन्हें सीता हरण की पूर्ण जानकारी थी? भील समुदाय के सरदार शबर सेन की पुत्री एवं महर्षि मतंग की शिष्या आचार्य श्रमणा, और एक आर्य महर्षि कुर्तुक की पुत्री , महर्षि भारद्वाज की शिष्या, दसराज्ञ युद्ध की सैन्य-नेता, प्रयाग गुरुकुल की उपकुलपति, ‘पुष्पक विमान’ एवं ‘अग्नि-वाण’ जैसे महान यंत्रों की महर्षि भारद्वाज की सह-आविष्कारक कुर्तकी, के क्या सम्बन्ध थे? महात्मा शबरी एवं महर्षि कुर्तकी को मोक्ष प्रदान एवं उनकी गाथाएं पढ़ने एवं सुनने वालों को सुख, शांति, ऐश्वर्यता एवं वैभवता का वरदान।

जानने के लिए पढ़िए, ‘शबरी: महान राम भक्त की कथा’, पौराणिक कथाओं पर आधारित।

कथा लेखक डॉ यतेंद्र शर्मा – सन १९५३ में एक हिन्दू सनातन परिवार में जन्मे डॉ यतेंद्र शर्मा की रुचि बचपन से ही सनातन धर्म ग्रंथों का पठन पाठन एवं श्रवण में रही है। तकनीकी विश्वविद्यालय ग्राज़, ऑस्ट्रिया, से रसायन तकनीकी में पी.अच्.डी की उपाधि विशिष्टता के साथ प्राप्त करने के पश्चात वह सन १९८९ से अपने परिवार सहित पर्थ ऑस्ट्रेलिआ में निवास कर रहें हैं, तथा पश्चिमी ऑस्ट्रेलिआ के खनन उद्योग में कार्य रत हैं।

वह पर्थ स्थित एक धार्मिक संस्था ‘श्री राम कथा संस्थान पर्थ’ के संस्थापक/ अध्यक्ष हैं। उन्होंने पौराणिक कथाओं पर आधारित कई लघु कथाएं एवं काव्यों की रचना की है। यह संस्था धार्मिक कथाओं का प्रवचन, सनातन धर्म के महान संतों, ऋषियों, माताओं का चरित्र वर्णन एवं उनकी जीवन कथाओं के संकलन में अपना योगदान करने का प्रयास करती रहती है। यह लघु उपन्यास ‘ शबरी: महान राम भक्त की कथा’ उसी प्रयास के फल स्वरूप एक प्रस्तुति है।

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Susy Thomas, Moderator of the Uniting Church WA

Obedient to God’s call: Susy Thomas

When Susy Thomas received a tap on the shoulder to nominate as Moderator Elect of the Uniting Church WA, she was thrown. As a retired, successful CEO of a community service organisation, she was ready to enjoy some rest and much-loved time with her grandchildren. 

She was encouraged to think about being nominated for the position as Moderator  from several people. After a lot of prayer and discernment with her family and friends, she decided she needed to listen to God. “It was a process,” she said. “But I felt very clearly God telling me that I need to be obedient.” 

At the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Synod of WA, Susy was elected to serve as Moderator of the Uniting Church WA from September 2020 to 2023.   

Susy has often felt the call of God on her life. She was born into a Christian family in Kerala, India, raised to act justly, with mercy and to walk humbly with God, never being ashamed of the gospel. She completed a Bachelor of Economics in India and met her husband Philip, before she relocated to London to be with him and begin a family. In 1982, Susy, Phillip and their two daughters migrated to Perth, Western Australia. 

After working as a teacher in Perth for a while, Susy took on the role of CEO of Drug Arm WA, now called Hope Community. In this challenging role, Susy supported disadvantaged people in the suburbs of Perth.

“We talked about how we could do hands-on things for young people, so we started a street outreach program. We had street vans staffed by volunteers who went out to different spots like Fremantle, the city and regional centres.

“I was also a Justice of the Peace by then, so I was often called in to the Rangeview Remand Centre to sign release papers to bailout kids.”

Susy proposed to the board to use a property as accommodation for young people they had bailed from lockup. They would live there while also learning various hands-on skills like woodwork or computer skills, and also receive counselling.

When they had finished the course, a letter was written to the Magistrate advising them of the course they had completed, in the hopes they would take it into account during sentencing – and that the young person might have a brighter future.

“The programs were funded by the State and Federal Governments and we had similar programs in regional centres such as Kalgoorlie and Geraldton.”

During the time Susy worked at Drug Arm, the organisation experienced huge growth and Susy was also involved with setting up a 13-week drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Geraldton.

Since being elected as Moderator Elect in September last year, Susy has been busy preparing for the role. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that she was unable to visit as many people in person as she would have liked, but it hasn’t stopped her from getting her head stuck into everything required of her as Moderator.

“After I was elected as Moderator Elect, I wanted to learn more about the Uniting Church. Though I was a member of the Uniting Church for 38 years, I have very little understanding of the enormity of the work and the services we provide.

“I’m excited about it. We are a pilgrim people, on the journey for our promised land. Along the way we are worshipping and serving our God. God promises to feed us with Word and sacraments.

“In my mind, our service is whatever we do to please God – that is the worship. You don’t necessarily have to be singing, praising and praying; whenever you’re honouring and pleasing God, it’s worship.”

Susy has spent the year learning from the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC), the Multicultural networks, Uniting Church WA schools, and our agencies such as Uniting WA, Good Sammy Enterprises and Juniper.

“All is in the name of Christ through the Uniting Church WA,” she said. “Our faithful congregations, with their prayers and support, enable us to continue the Lord’s work.

“I want to pray with them, I want to walk with them, I want to be supported by them and I want to support them,” she said. “I am a team player; I don’t think I could do anything without a team. I get energy from others and I want to be a support to others, and also supported by others.

“I also firmly believe in giving ownership. We all have different skills, so give people ownership, so they can blossom in that skill.”

One of the things Susy has done this year, is set her theme for her three-year term. She has chosen Romans 15: 13.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Susy felt this verse came to her from God, and was a great verse to support people through all the challenges of 2020 so far.

“I thought, ‘what a wonderful God to give this hope to God’s chosen people,” she said. “It is a weird time and the world is trying to sort out everything. This is God showing that without God we cannot do anything in our life.”

“I look forward to see what God calls me to do in this job.”

Susy Thomas been installed as Moderator of the Uniting Church WA on Friday 11 September, 7.00pm at Wesley College Chapel, during the Opening Worship of the Annual Meeting of the Synod of WA. 

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