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Filipino community extending a hand
Volet Carolan, Cecilia Flores and Susan Downie, from the Filipino Community Council of the ACT, prepare boxes
to send to the victims of Typhoon Hagupit.
Photo: Matt Bedford
When typhoon Hagupit hit the eastern
side of the Philippines archipelago on
December 7, Canberra’s Filipino
community had already begun co-
ordinating a relief effort.
After watching super typhoon
Haiyan churn through and devastate
coastal communities in their homeland
in December 2013, the community
was dealt another blow with typhoon
Filipino Community Council of the
ACT president Cecilia Flores said this
year was the second Christmas ex-pats
would band together and send help
“We are pretty speedy in our action
and are ready to assist in whatever way
we can,” she said.
“At Pasko sa Canberra, the
Christmas festival we held last week,
we were able to gather and discuss
how we can reach out to those in
She said dozens of associations,
which comprise the Filipino
Community Council of the ACT, had
raised more than $100,000 during the
year towards the Haiyan appeal.
But it was a long road ahead for
victims and support from the ACT
would not cease.
“It’s been amazing how much
support there has been,” she said.
“But it’s not over. It will be awhile
for things to come back to normal.”
Volet Carolan travelled to the
Newlife Christian Centre in Tacloban
City in the wake of typhoon Haiyan
She delivered aid packages
collected by the ACT community then.
She will travel in February to
provinces affected by Hagupit to do
More than 150 boxes of direct aid
had been sent from the Canberra
community to affected regions.
Ms Carolan said that along with the
essentials like rice, powdered milk and
canned goods, the Christmas boxes
included toys and little luxuries.
“When we send things they know
somebody cares. It’s about giving
them instant relief as well as hope and
Contact Ms Carolan on
Son starts to
ACT Ambulance Service’s family
connection with Greg Addison and
his son Jarryd, who recently
graduated into the service.
Photo: Mark Sawa
Following in your father’s footsteps is
the dream of many sons and Jarryd
Addison is on the way to making that
dream a reality.
He has just graduated as one of 22
members of the ACT Ambulance
Service in non-emergency patient
transport as is determined to go on to
become a paramedic like his father.
“Before this I did a four-year
apprenticeship as an automotive spray-
painter after leaving school and then
did 12 months at Toyota,’’ Mr Addison
said. “I always wanted to be a
paramedic. That was always the dream
but growing up through school I never
thought I’d be smart enough to do a
degree so I took the option of doing a
When the chance to join the
Ambulance Service came up, he
“Now that I’ve started the job I’m
starting to actually believe that I could
work my way through and become an
intensive care paramedic,’’ he said.
Greg Addison, his father, an
intensive care paramedic, has had a
massive influence on him.
“My whole life I always wanted to
be like my dad,’’ Mr Addison said. “A
big influence was living at Ayers
Rock. My dad did seven years with the
Royal Flying Doctor Service so we got
to see a lot.’’
Attending the graduation, Mr
Addison senior was a proud parent.
“You quite often hear your kids say
‘I just want to be like Dad’ but it is not
very often that you get to see that
reality,’’ he said. “So it is a very proud
moment for me and my wife.
“Now he has decided to do the
degree, which will take a lot of time
and patience and dedication, and we
will support him all the way.’’
Police and Emergency Services
Minister Simon Corbell said the
ceremony was an important milestone
in their careers and graduates were
fully equipped to work in the most
trusted profession in the community.
Volunteer Gabrielle Weidner, 24, of
Photo: Melissa Adams
WORLD RECORD LIGHT SHOW
Dazzling event tackles tough issue
A record-breaking one million
Christmas lights are on display in
Petrie Plaza drawing not only world-
wide attention but masses of local
Volunteers have been generous by
giving up their time in the lead up to
Christmas. While wide-eyed visitors
are busy gazing at the festive light
display, the volunteers are collecting
gold coin donations, which go towards
SIDS and Kids ACT, and assisting
with crowd flow and event
First-time volunteers Gabrielle
Weidner and her partner Chris Karas
decided to take the chance to give
something back to the community this
“It seemed like a great thing to do,
and I really like Christmas lights,” she
“We’ve never done anything like
this before. We’ve now got the time to
do it, and so we thought we’d give
something back at Christmas.”
The donation total is being kept
under wraps by SIDS and Kids ACT
until the event finishes, on New Year’s
Eve, but more than 52,000 visitors to
date have wandered through the light
“It’s really lovely,’’ Gabrielle said.
‘‘Everyone is really happy to be there,
and a lot of people actually thank me,
instead of me thanking them for their
SIDS and Kids is an organisation
dedicated to eliminating sudden death
in infants, providing education
programs and services aimed at
A spokeswoman said the money
will be put back into Canberra and the
region. At this stage, the amount of
funds raised suggests SIDS and Kids
ACT will be able to employ one
additional counsellor and one
additional educator, a huge advantage
for the region.
More than 177 Canberra volunteers
have backed the initiative, but SIDS
and Kids ACT are still looking for
To volunteer your time before
December 31, email
boost for Barr
If you are looking to boost your
Twitter following here is one way to
do it – become the ACT Chief
It might not be the simplest social
media strategy to employ but it is an
Since being announced as a
contender for the top job in ACT
politics, and subsequently filling the
role, Andrew Barr has been averaging
200 new followers a day.
And his mentions have gone up
1000 per cent.
Mr Barr had almost 6400 followers
late last week. The next closest ACT
politician is Attorney-General Simon
Corbell with about 3800 followers.
ACT Opposition leader Jeremy
Hanson and deputy Opposition leader
Alistair Coe are lagging behind in the
social media popularity stakes.
Mr Hanson has a whisker over 1600
followers while his deputy, Mr Coe, is
doing marginally better with a little
more than 2100 followers.
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