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Our picnics for September-October

AAN picnic sept-oct

Saturday 14 September

Meet near the play equipment – look for our banner.

Sausage sizzle – bring salads & snacks to share.

Sydney Park, St Peters


Sunday 27 October

Meet near the play equipment – look for our banner.

Holroyd Gardens Merrylands

Annual General Meeting

You are invited to attend AAN’s Annual General Meeting.

To make things easier for everyone we decided to hold it immediately before our next picnic (see below).

In order to vote you must be a member of AAN, so renew your membership or join now. Download membership form. Hope to see you there.

November

Date:
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Time:
AGM starts at 12.00
Picnic from: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location:
The waterplay park at Steel Park, Marrickville.

Bring your cossies and some food to share/BBQ. The waterplay park is a family friendly Park with BBQs, playground, soccer field, and it’s right on a bike path along the Cooks river.

Looking forward to seeing you all there. For more information or wet weather plans please call Suzanne on: 0401 869 106.

AAN picnics in 2011

We’ve planned out our picnics for the first couple of months of 2011:
 
Saturday 15 January – 1.00pm – 5.00pm, bring your cossies to the new waterplay park at Steel Park in Marrickville
 
Sunday 27 February – 1.00pm – 5.00pm, AAN goes back west for a picnic in Central Gardens Reserve in Merrylands
 
Hope to see you there – keep an eye on our facebook page or website for updates and wet weather alternative plans. 

We’ll be announcing our calendar of events for the next few months soon.

End of year picnic

Come and join us for our end of year picnic this coming Saturday – 1.00pm – 5.00pm, 27 November at Johnson Park, Dulwich Hill. Bring special celebration food to share. (There are BBQs). If it’s raining we’ll have it at an AAN members home in Dulwich Hill – ring Cornel for the address: 0402 651 563. Hope to see you there!
 
We’ve also planned out our picnics for the first couple of months of 2011:
 
Saturday 15 January – 1.00pm – 5.00pm, bring your cossies to the new waterplay park at Steele Park in Marrickville
 
Sunday 27 February – 1.00pm – 5.00pm, AAN goes back to Central Gardens Reserve in Merrylands

Come to our October picnic

Bring your family and hang out with us at the next AAN Sausage Sizzle.

Saturday 25 October, 1.00pm – 5.00pm.

Johnson Park, Constitution Rd, Dulwich Hill

We will provide a sausage sizzle but you are welcome to bring other food for the BBQ and/or salads etc. to share.

Johnson Park has enclosed play equipment, a basketball court, and plenty of space for bikes and kicking a ball around.

There’s plenty of parking or it’s a short walk from the 425, 426, 428 & 445 Bus routes (get off near Dulwich Hill shops).

If it’s raining the picnic will be cancelled. Call Suzanne on 0417 777 131 if the weather is uncertain.

Survey: What do you think?

We’ve just taken a look at the early results from our survey. AAN set up the survey late last year because we wanted to get a better idea of how many people are in mixed families & couples and what kinds of issues are important to them.

So far, 32 people have filled out the survey. We know that’s just the tip of the iceberg – so if you haven’t filled it out, please do it now, so that we can plan activities for the year ahead that will truly reflect what’s important to you. Also, the more data we have about our constituency, the more likely we are to get funding for those activities.

The survey results so far indicate that most people are interested in seminars on political and cultural issues (95% answered “please do it” or “fairly interested”) and political lobbying and advocacy (94.8%). Also high on people’s list were seminars on cross cultural relationships (88.2%) and conferences (83.3%). There was a fairly strong interest in picnics (78.9%) and support goups (72.2%), and the least interest in parties (60% – hey, come on!?) and activities for teens (47%).

Of the 32 people who answered the survey, there were 23 women and 9 men. 13 people described themeselves as anglo-Australian, 6 as African, one New Zealander and the rest described themselves as Australian. African respondents were from Kenya, Sudan, Nigeria and South Africa. Non African respondents described their partners as being Tanzanian, Ghanaian, Zimbabwean, Central African, West African and Tswana. 16 different languages were spoken in mixed households.

21 people were parents of a total of 37 children, including 26 who were of mixed heritage. The children ranged in age from young adults to infants.

The issues people identifed as most important to them were racism, particularly as it affected their children; the need for connection to African communities & culture; employment/accreditation of African qualifications; and financial issues. A couple of respondents felt there were no issues that affected them specifically as mixed families/couples that were different to other families.

We do have a lot more data than we’re releasing here – this is just a taste. A full report will be published after we’ve got more results.

Does this sound like you and your family? Are these the issues you care about? Get your voice heard, fill out the survey today.

Mothering Children of African Descent

AAN Co-convenor Annie Stopford, Ph.D., has recently had an article published in the Journal of Pan-African Studies. Her article, Mothering Children of African Descent: Hopes, Fears, and Strategies of White Birth Mothers, features in the latest edition of the journal, which has the theme “Africana Mothering”. Annie based her article on interviews with white mums in Sydney. Congratulations Annie!