Notice about services offered regularly

Public Meeting
11 Jul 2021

PUBLIC MEETING

The Management Committee (MC) of the Vietnamese Community in Australia / SA warmly invites you to our quarterly Public Meeting to be held at:

  • Time:        2:00pm to 4:00pm Sunday, 11/7/2021
  • Location:  Vietnamese Community Centre
                      62 Athol St, Athol Park

In this meeting, the MC will report the progress over the last three months . This is also an opportunity for you to provide feedback as well as a Questions & Answers (Q&A) session. The Festival Director for Adelaide Tet Festival 2022 will be introduced in this meeting, too.

Please note that, in accordance with the SA Government’s official directives on COVID-19, please check in using the QR code displayed on the doors.

We would love to see you as this is a proper environment to collaborate to make our community stable and strong. However, if you cannot attend, all queries can be sent to the MC via postal mail at the above address or email to ykiendonghuong@sa.vnca.org.au.

Very respectful

Management Committee

Free Influenza (Flu) Vaccination
28-29 Jun 2021

Dear Members

We are pleased to announce that Terry White Cumberland Park Pharmacy has once again approached the MCCSA to provide free influenza (flu) vaccinations for people who are most in need i.e. temporary visa holders, international students, families of immigrants on visitors visa and those who are financially stressed.  I am reaching out to you as community leaders to share this amongst your members.

The vaccinations will be administered by qualified and registered pharmacists.  No referral or prescription required, all participants will receive Flu Vaccination Certificates.

The free flu vaccination sessions will be held at the following location and dates:

MCCSA Hall, 113 Gilbert Street, Adelaide

  • Monday 28 June 2021, 3pm to 7pm
  • Tuesday 29 June 2021, 2pm to 6pm

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL. Please contact June on (08) 8345 5266 to find out available time slots and to book your appointment.

IMPORTANT:

  • Eligible age group: 10 years and above.
  • You must allow at least 14 days between receiving the flu vaccine and the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • If you are unwell or are required to self-isolate, please do not attend.
  • Please be aware that contact details collected for booked sessions may be used for COVID-19 contact tracing if required.
  • Please bring your Medicare card if available.

MCCSA would like to thank Terry White Cumberland Park Pharmacy for their very generous offer and we hope this free flu vaccination initiative will help protect the vulnerable members of our community as we head into the winter months.

Kind regards

Helena Kyriazopoulos

CEO

Multicultural Communities Council of SA

113 Gilbert Street

Adelaide SA 5000

Ph:  08 8345 5266

Email: mccsa@mccsa.org.au

Web: www.mccsa.org.au

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MCCofSA

RSL Tea Tree Gully Branch
22 May 2021

Reflect and Respect

Thank you, Wayne and Mr Mal Fergusson, President of the RSL Tea Tree Gully branch for the occasion to share our Vietnamese culture with you all tonight.

Ladies and gentlemen, 

I’d like to share a poem written by Mr Charles M Province in 1970, as time passed has not changed its relevance.

It is the Soldier, not the minister

Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter

Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet

Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organiser

Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer

Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician

Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,

Who serves beneath the flag,

And whose coffin is draped by the flag,

Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

©Copyright 1970, 2005 by Charles M. Province

Three weeks ago on the 46th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon on 30/4/1975, an incident occurred in NSW. An international student desecrated this very same Yellow flag by tearing it down, trampling on and kicking it around, while verbally slandering our community.  As a  younger generation of Vietnamese Australian veterans and boat people,  this individual’s actions were disgraceful and not only hurtful to our community but also to Australian veterans who served alongside our veterans and the 521 Australian servicemen that perished on foreign soil in exchange for other’s freedom.

A war lost or won doesn’t stop when the flag is raised on enemy grounds or when you come home.

Those of us who have not served will never fully understand the sacrifices you’ve made in times of peace and of war.

We will never fully understand what you were required to do or how you were able to do it.

We will never fully understand the depths of your scars or what your loved ones at home had to endure.

What we can offer you is that we see you, we are willing to listen and to learn so that we can ensure Australia remains free and your sacrifices and struggles were not in vain.

Freedom can’t be passed through the bloodstream and, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction”, as once said by Ronald Reagan.

We were only able to share our culture with you today thanks to you, your comrades, those on active duty, discharged, retired or in reserve and Australia’s kindness in receiving our displaced parents and grandparents.

Every soldier, past or present, living or laid to rest, is a hero no matter what role you played. There are no big words that can describe your selflessness or our community’s gratitude. Thank you for welcoming us to your RSL this evening.

A final word tonight to my fellow friends and rising generation:

We are in the honourable presence of these incredible people who wrote blank cheques “made payable to Australia”, for an amount of “up to and including his or her life”, and here with people whose loved ones gave up their youth, their families, their routine, their love for Australia’s security for our motherland.

Their sacrifice, courage and honour are immeasurable. They have done their part to give us the opportunity of a brighter future, so let’s make it our responsibility to safeguard this freedom that was not free, for generations to come.

Phung Ho

VCA/SA Vice President for Planning

Black April Commemoration
30 Apr 2021

Reflect and Respect

 “…Theirs were the hands that saved us, their courage showed the way
Their lives they laid down for us, that we may live today…”

Ken Bunker

 

We commemorate over 4 decades since the fall of Saigon on 30th April 1975, marking the end of the Vietnam War and the beginning of a mass exodus in search of freedom.

Pain and hope are the two dominant emotions of this annual commemoration.

  • The Vietnamese diaspora mourn those who perished on the battlefields defending their values and beliefs; those who crossed borders in the harshest terrain; those who lost at sea in the most horrific circumstances; and those whose lives have been wasted away in “re-education” camps. Our people placed all their hopes and dreams into the hands of destiny, into a future unknown. The pain also comes from those we left behind – children, parents, wives, husbands – torn apart by war.
  • Our community shows hope by recognising and paying tribute to our history, while focusing on lessons learned for a brighter time to come, for the Vietnamese people worldwide. We are fortunate enough to still have some of these resilient individuals in our lives/by our side. However, day to day, their sacrifices tend to go unnoticed. Please spare a moment to reflect and express our gratitude towards those whom we can never thank in person and those whose stories can still be recounted today.

Please join us at the Black April Commemoration – Vietnamese Remembrance Day on Friday, 30th April 2021.

The two-part Memorial includes:

Part 1:
Time:            Ceremony begins at 11:00 am and concludes at 12:00 pm

Location:       Australian-Vietnamese War Memorial

                     Torrens Parade Ground, Victoria Drive, Adelaide SA 5000

Theme:         Australian – Vietnamese Military Procession and Wreath tributes

Part 2:
Time:            Commemoration begins at 6:30pm and concludes at 8:30pm

Location:       Vietnamese Community Hall

                      62 Athol St, Athol Park SA 5012

Theme:          Video footage, theatrical play and music program specific to Memorial Day, and Candlelight Vigil

Hung Kings Commemoration
18 Apr 2021

Hung Kings Commemoration 2021

Celebrated on the 10th day of the third Lunar month, Hung Kings Commemoration Day is oriented around the themes of filial piety, ancestor worship, and patriotism to honor the Hung Kings – founders of Vietnam. For many people, this holiday is a national joyous occasion that embraces meaningful traditional Vietnamese culture and values.

Please join us at the time and place below to show our respect to our founding fathers:

  • Time: 2pm Sunday, 18/4/2021
               7 th of March,  Year of the Buffalo
  • Place: Vietnamese Community Centre
                62 Athol St, Athol Park

Management Committee

Adelaide Tet Festival 2020
1 & 2 Jan 2020

Celebrated in Vietnam and other parts of Asia, “Tết Nguyên Đán”, otherwise known as “Tết”, is a traditional Vietnamese festival that honours the dawning of the Lunar New Year. The Adelaide Tết Festival will be held at Bonython Park – Adelaide, on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 February 2020 and will seek to capture the happiness and spirit of the New Year by creating fun, happy memories, and celebrating Vietnamese culture and traditions.

The Adelaide Tết Festival is an annual event that enables Vietnamese South Australians to celebrate and share our traditional Lunar New Year custom that is rich in both cultural and spiritual values within the Vietnamese and broader Adelaide communities.
The Adelaide Tết Festival 2020 will involve a variety of activities that will bring together patrons from communities around our state of South Australia, interstate and overseas. The Festival will play host to many fun family activities, including sideshow games and rides, engage local businesses and food vendors to share their products and secret recipes, and facilitate a concert that will showcase multicultural performances from ethnic community groups, and traditional Vietnamese art and culture through song, dance and artistic expression.

This year we have upsized everything, including a larger, more centralised venue to accommodate more performances, more sideshow entertainment, more rides and amusements, and more deliciously authentic Vietnamese food options, for more patrons. This carefully considered approach is as a direct result of public consultation and our desire to share the most significant cultural celebration on our annual calendar with the South Australian public.

NSW & QLD Bush Fires Fundraising Event
24 Nov 2019

Dear Community Members,

The wild bush fires of NSW and QLD are still turbulent with conditions worsening. The tragedy has claimed 4 lives and scorched countless numbers of homes.

To show our love, appreciation and utmost gratitude to this country that opened her arms to accept tens of thousands of Vietnamese refugees in our darkest hours, we encourage you to dig deep to help bush fire victims.

A fundraising event has been organised with the following details:

  • Thời gian: 4pm – 6pm Sunday, 24/11/2019
  • Địa điểm:  Vietnamese Community Centre
                     62 Athol Street, Athol Park SA 5012

For every dollar donated to the Australian Red Cross between now and 29.12.2019, VCA/SA will to match dollar for dollar (up to $10 000.00 AUD). This means you can help the cause be twice as effective!

Here are ways you can donate:

  1. Visit https://fundraise.redcross.org.au/fundraisers/dangpnguyen/fundraise-for-disaster-relief-and-recovery
  2. Providing cash at our CASSA office during business hours
  3. Attending our fundraising event

We hope we can count on you to spread the word so that we can all support this significant cause.