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Join our exciting upcoming event on Saturday 19th September and support the Timorese NGO helping women and families, with special guest Kirsty Sword Gusmao! 
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Hello, Bon dia!

Welcome to our September newsletter with updates on happenings over the last two months, and with news of what's to come.

Since our July newsletter, the weeks have passed in a blur of happy busyness. First of all, the royal 'we' now takes on a new meaning, as 5 Canberra women met to establish a team behind Cooking Circles. Over a casual breakfast followed by an energetic planning day, Birgitte, Vanessa, Melanie, Tricia and I discussed the purpose and planned the coming months of Cooking Circles. I am delighted to share the skills and support of these women, but especially their passion and wisdom. 

Next, on with our Fundraiser event on Saturday 19th, tales of our now weekly Canberra-Cooking Circles, and a request to vote for Cooking Circles in the Anti Poverty Awards...

Source: AAP (April Fonti) via ABC 
 

Join our Fundraiser for the Alola Foundation with special guest Kirsty Sword Gusmao



The Alola Foundation was established in 2001 by Kirsty Sword Gusmao, Australian born, from Bendigo, who became enthralled with Timor Leste in the 1990's as the country fought for independence from Indonesia. Now married to the current Prime Minister, Xanana Gusmao, and the mother to three sons, Kirsty is an active and highly respected woman committed to women's empowerment and education for all children in Timor Leste. Recently being appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia, Kirsty Sword Gusmao is regarded highly in Australia and beyond for her work.

The Cooking Circles Fundraiser for the Alola Foundation was organised about 6 weeks ago, the organisations annual MILK Campaign in Australia to raise funds presenting an opportunity to leverage the support of Cooking Circles supporters and raise funds for an organisation that has long been doing good work with the women of Timor Leste. When Mana Ana Guterres of the Timorese Embassy in Canberra sent a short email mentioning that Kirsty would be in Australia at the time of the event and would love to attend, we were elated! 


The fundraiser event is being held this Saturday 19th September from 5pm-8pm. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children, with $15 of every ticket going directly to the Alola Foundation. 
Where: Currie Crescent Community Centre, The Canberra Baptist Church, 11 Currie Crescent, Kingston ACT
RSVP: office@canbap.org
Contact Heidi on 0413 404 511 for more information
If you can't attend but would like to donate you can visit the Cooking Circles supporter page. 
For more about Kirsty Sword Gusmao, have a read of this piece by ABC. 
The Cooking Circles blog includes a few words about Alola and its importance to Heidi. 
The Wednesday Canberra-Cooking Circles gang, with a visit from ACT Coordinator of The Welcome Dinner Project, Sue.
 

Cooking Circles in Canberra

A group of women meet regularly on Wednesdays to cook together. Together they have been making a cold and often gloomy Canberra winter a little warmer and brighter by sharing a recipe they love and teaching others to cook it. The group size has been growing weekly and women are getting to know one another. Our weekly Circles are possible thanks to the support of the Currie Crescent Community Centre - an initiative of The Canberra Baptist Church in Kingston.

Would you like to join Cooking Circles events on Wednesdays?
RSVP: office@canbap.org
Contact: Heidi on 0413 404 511

Would you like to join other Cooking Circles events such as monthly dinners and in-home dinners?
Contact: cookingcirclescbr@gmail.com

An oldie but a goodie...


Earlier this year we held our Cooking Circles launch. At the event we showcased this video of the recent trip to Timor Leste. You can check it out here if you missed it, and share it by forwarding the newsletter to friends and family. 
The first Welcome Dinner held in Bonner, ACT in July this year
 

The Welcome Dinner Project comes to Canberra

By Liz, ACT Coordinator
The Welcome Dinner Project connects newly arrived people and established Australians around the dinner table through shared meals and meaningful conversation. The aim of these 'pot-luck' dinners and lunches is to spark friendships between people of diverse cultures who are living near to one another but have not had an opportunity to meet. What more enjoyable way is there than over a shared meal to create new connections with each other?

Many Canberrans have registered their interest in coming to or hosting a meal. Newly arrived people -- who is anyone who has been here for less than 10 years, whether you are an immigrant, refugee, asylum seekers or international student -- are especially encouraged to register. To register and find more information about the Welcome Dinner Project visit the joiningthedots website.

We look forward to welcoming you to our table.
On Thursday 10th September, Heidi joined friend Gordana to hear Gordon Peake speak about his book, Beloved Land: Stories, Struggles and Secrets from Timor Leste.  Peake spoke about his writing process and respect for his subjects. If you read one thing on Timor Leste, make it Beloved Land. 
Visit the Cooking Circles blog

Please vote for Cooking Circles in the Anti Poverty Awards! Voting closes Friday September 18th.


It is with a huge thank you to the team at YWCA Canberra that Cooking Circles has been nominated for the 2015 Anti-poverty Awards. The awards are organised and sponsored by Uniting Care. 
 
The winner of the awards will receive a video camera and cash, and runners up cash prizes. Winning an award would inject funds into Cooking Circles that will strengthen our work in both Canberra and Timor Leste. First prize, the Full HD Camcorder, goes to the application with the highest number of votes. This number will be determined by the counter located under each application. Also helpful in the final vote are "shares" on Facebook and "mentions" on Twitter with the hashtag #AntiPovertyAwards as part of the voting process.
 
If you haven't voted yet, please do and help support Cooking Circles by Friday September 18th!  Don't hesitate to ask friends and family to vote as well. The link is: 
http://antipovertyawards.org.au/applications/heidi-zajac
 
You can check out more about the Cooking Circles story on the blog and for all the latest news, find us on Facebook. 
http://www.cookingcircles.org/
https://www.facebook.com/cookingcircles?ref=ts&fref=ts
 
Until next time, 

Heidi and the new Cooking Circles Team - Birgitte, Vanessa, Melanie and Tricia
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