Tag Archives: AAN

Join us at Merrylands in June

The next AAN picnic will be 2.00pm – 4.30pm Saturday 26 June  at Central Gardens Reserve Merrylands, Cnr Merrylands Rd & Cumberland Highway.

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Come along and meet new people and families of mixed backgrounds. Bring some food to share, and enjoy good company. The children will enjoy exploring the animal exhibits in the park and there is plenty of room for bike riding or ball games.

If it is raining we will meet at Abla’s Cafe nearby on Sherwood Rd. Please contact Suzanne on 0401 869 106  for more details. Hope to see you there!

AAN at African festival

Look out for the AAN stall at the African festival this weekend. We’ll also be picnicking there – please join us.

African cultures festival – 10 April at Auburn Park, corner of Hutchinson and Macquarie Roads from 11.00am to 4.00pm.
There will be stalls, workshops, community information, music and performances to celebrate African Cultures. Activities for children include face painting, drumming, jumping castles, sports and henna painting.
We had a great time there last year – hope to see you there.

Working it out

Working it Out: Stories from African-Australian Relationships is a new resource for people in mixed African-Australian relationships based on interviews with fifteen people about their personal experiences. The booklet includes stories, links and suggestions on a range of issues such as parenting, finances, problem solving and cultural difference.

The resource was funded by a grant from University of Western Sydney and produced by AAN Committee members Annie Stopford, Jill Sergeant and Cornel Robinson. A limited number of print copies are available or you can download it here. Working it Out was launched at the AAN fundraising dinner on Friday 27 November.

New committee

A new comittee was elected 15 November.

Co-Convenor – Suzanne O’Garey

Secretary – Cornel Robinson

Treasurer – Jill Sergeant

Ordinary Committee members

Annie Stopford

Jeneby Matthews

Matshepo Molala

Nicole Yade

Our thanks and appreciation to Liz Tinney and Mohamed Dukuly, who stood down from the committee this year.

Download Annual Report 2009

Annual general meeting

Australian African Network will be holding our AGM on Sunday 15 November.  All members of AAN are invited to join us.

Time: 10:00am – 10:30am

The meeting will be followed by an ordinary committee meeting which you are welcome to attend, and then we’ll have a coffee together.

Date:  15/11/09

Venue: Gloria Jeans Coffee Shop at Auburn Central (it’s at the entrance on the plaza).   If you can’t find us phone 0424 853 717 or 0417 777 131

(Download our membership form now and send it in, or you can join on the day).

If you’re a member but you can’t come, you can still vote. Download a proxy form.

Email admin@australianafricannetwork.org.au for more info.

AAN fundraising dinner and raffle

afrobeatsSydney Opera House has kindly given AAN two family passes of four tickets each to the Afro Beats Babies Prom with Afro Moses in early December. More info

Winners of the two family passes will be drawn at our fundraising dinner, coming up on Friday 27 November at the African Queen restaurant in Marrickville. We will also be launching a new resource for people in mixed relationships that’s been developed by three of our members.

Places are strictly limited so book now!

Money raised from these fundraisers will go towards public liability insurance for AAN events.

Let’s dance!

The next event on AAN’s calendar is a night of dining and dancing on Saturday 5 September. A group of us are planning to go dancing at Taylors on Central, a club that has a regular African music night.

We’ll meet up for dinner at around 8.00pm somewhere in Sury Hills – walking distance from the club, then move on to the club at around 10.30pm. You can join us for dinner or dancing or both.

Taylors on Central is at 84 – 86 Mary St, Surry Hills, Sydney.

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If you plan to come, we welcome your suggestions for a suitable restaurant. Email us to let us know you are coming, or RSVP on our Facebook group (you must be a member of facebook to do this).

Come to our Picnic

The next AAN picnic will be

1.00pm – 4.00pm

Saturday 2nd May

at Central Gardens Reserve Merrylands

Cnr Merrylands Rd & Cumberland Highway.
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Come along and meet new people and families of mixed backgrounds. Bring some food to share, and enjoy good company. The children will enjoy exploring the animal exhibits in the park and there is plenty of room for bike riding or ball games.

If it is raining we will meet at a Cafe close by. Please contact Suzanne on 0417 777 131 for more details. Hope to see you all there!

Happy 2009 and 08 wrap-up

AAN wishes a Happy New Year to all our members and supporters.

While our regular picnics will be starting up again soon, we haven’t yet made plans for activities in 2009 – we will be doing so at our first meeting for the year in Mid-February, with our newly elected committee. 

At our AGM on December 12 we welcomed new committee members, re-elected some old ones and farewelled one of our Co-Convenors. The new committee is:

Non African Co-Convenor: Annie Stopford

African Co-Convenor – vacant. Thanks to Gloria Davidson, one of AAN’s founding members, for all her work in this role. Gloria has had to resign due to other commitments, but we know she’ll stay a staunch supporter of AAN.

Secretary: Suzanne O’Garey

Treasurer: Jill Sergeant

Ordinary members: Mohamed Dukuly, Nicole Cunningham, Cornel Robinson, Liz Tinney

There are still vacancies on the committee – if you’d like to be involved, email admin@australianafricannetwork.org.au.

Download Annual Statement and Financial Report Please note this covers the financial year from incorporation in August 2007 to 30 June 2008. 

CD Winners

Winners of the Putumayo CDs were drawn at the AGM. Congratulations to new members Jessica O’Garey and Cornel Robinson.

End of year party

Around 80 adults and children attended the AAN end of year party in Lakemba on December 6th. The weather smiled upon us, the band was fantastic, the food was delicious and of course the crowd was fun and interesting. Were you there? Check back in soon to see if we captured you on film in our party slideshow.

Our thanks to Canterbury Council for sponsoring this event with a Harmony Day Grant, and also to Kindia Clothing (call Sara on 0415 096 526 for gorgeous hand-made African children’s clothes) and Adom Beauty and Braiding, 37 Enmore  Rd Newtown (ph: 02 9550 6630) for providing raffle prizes.

Don’t forget – AAN Party this Saturday!

Don’t forget to come to our African Australian BBQ

Saturday December 6th

2.00 – 5.00pm

Sports Club Hall, Parry Park, Punchbowl Rd, Lakemba

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We provide halal meat, marinated African-style, salads and bread. Soft drinks will be on sale. Bring your family, other drinks if you want to, coins for our raffle (fabulous prizes) and your best dance moves.

For more info email admin@australianafricannetwork.org.au or call Jill 0424 853 717 or Suzanne 0417 777 131.

Download the flier and stick it on your fridge so you remember, or email it to your friends.

Our thanks to Canterbury Council for sponsoring this event with a Harmony Day Grant.