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December events

We hope you can join us for a couple of end-of year events.

This coming Saturday, 10 December, we are gathering for our last picnic of the year at Avoca beach on the Central Coast from 1.00pm – 5.00pm. More details below. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates in case of bad weather.

On Saturday December 17 join us for an adults only dinner at the African Feeling Cafe, 501 King St. Newtown from 7.00pm (drumming performance starts at 7.30). Please RSVP to admin@australianafricannetwork.org.au or on Facebook (you will need to joing our FB group first).

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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).

Let’s party!

AAN is having an African Australian BBQ on Saturday December 6th.

We invite our friends and supporters to join us from 2.00 – 5.00pm at the Sports Club Hall, Parry Park, Punchbowl Rd, Lakemba for our end of year BBQ with live music and DJ.

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.

AAN receives Harmony Day Grant

AAN is the lucky recipient of a Harmony Day grant from Canterbury /Bankstown Council. On Thursday 20th March, AAN Treasurer Jill Sergeant accepted the $2,000 cheque, which will go towards two AAN events later this year.

The first event will be an information session for workers in the Canterbury / Bankstown areas promoting awareness of the AAN and mixed heritage family issues, as well as a consultation to inform the activities of the AAN.

The second event will be a family-friendly party for mixed Australian-African families and couples that also welcomes the participation of all Australians. The party will combine African cultural entertainment and food with information about AAN and other servces, as well as consultation with our communities.

Both events will probably be held in October/November 2008. Sign up for updates and/or apply for AAN membership so you can keep informed.

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!