PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Mrs Be Ha, OAM, J. P.

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Dear Friends,

This year we celebrate 37 years of services to our community.  We are approaching our 40th Anniversary very quickly.  40 Years of servicing the community will be a fantastic milestone to pass.

In the meantime, with on-going support from the City of Greater Dandenong, we moved to our new office at 11-13. Morwell Parade, Springvale. We have just received good news.  We have a new contract for another 5 years until 2024 !  This ensures that our clients receive our best care and support through a continuous, stable base and foundation without any interruptions.

We are very grateful and thank you to the Mayor of City of Greater Dandenong Cr. Roz Blades AM and all councilors , Mr. John Bennie CEO, Mr. Martin Fielder, the Director of Community , all officers from Community Facilities Property who provided to us an excellent office so we can serve our community in many ways and services.

We are so happy to still receive funding for In-language Gambling Counselling and Support Services, Integrated Family Violence Support Service.  The Integrated Family Violence Support Services is a big demand for this service and a very serious issue but we only have one worker, who gets pay for only 1day per week.  However, she volunteers her time and effort 1 more day per week.  A great effort from our staff and Thank You.

Community Disability Capacity Building Project just ended funding in February 2019. We did not get a chance to complete the registration for NDIS.

Other programs were carried out successfully:

  • South East Family Service
  • SICMAA’s English Language Program.
  • Enhanced pathways to family work Project.

We continued to support the Royal Children Hospital’s Good Friday Appeal and raised money for them in the streets, malls and shops in Springvale.

We also is partnered with so many organisations, groups and network in the South Eastern Region in many ways to carried out many, many, many activities.

With The Vietnamese Community in Australia Vic Chapter, We had an elderly conference during Seniors Week.

Also, myself as President of SICMAA, I am a member of the Fund Raising Team of the proposed significant project, Vietnamese Museum Of Australia (VMA) in Barkly Street, Footscray, Maribyrnong City Council.

The proposed VMA will include a museum, gallery, education and community spaces. It has combined Federal Government, State Government and private funding of over $15.5 million and would be developed and managed by the Vietnamese Community of Australia (VCA).

SICMAA has a dream 10 years ago until now, we love to set up a cooking school to introduce our Vietnamese cooking and exchange our Australian cuisines.

We hope one day with a strong support from the local government, business associations and volunteers we will achieve our goal.

Many years we thank and dedicate our love and thanks to our volunteers who give up their time with their families to lent us their knowledge, wisdom and expertise, and their love and compassion to help another human being to make this world a better place to live in

Thanh you for all your support and attending 2019 AGM.

We hope you enjoy this year’s AGM and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

BE HA OAM, JP
President
Springvale Indo-Chinese Mutual Assistance Association

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