Notice about services offered regularly

Annual General Meeting
8 Oct 2021

NOTICE OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Management Committee cordially invite you to attend our Annual General Meeting to be held at:

  • VCA/SA Community Centre
    62 Athol St, Athol Park
  • Friday, 8/10/2021 at 4:30pm 

Due to the presence of funding bodies, the AGM needs to be held during working hours.

At the AGM, the Management Committee will report last year’s activities, financial status, details and auditor’s report. Members will have the opportunity to comment and/or suggest ideas on how we can improve services to our community.

This year, we also have a special report on the Master Plan to renovate the Community Centre by Mr Hoang Nguyen, the Chair of the Development Committee, and Grieve Gillett Andersen, the appointed architecture firm.

To provide opportunities for those who cannot attend in person due to distance or COVID-19 concerns, the Management Committee will be live streaming the meeting on VCA/SA Facebook page. You can also comment or ask questions during the Q&A segment.

Link:  https://www.facebook.com/VietnameseCommunityinAustraliaSA/

If you have “Liked” our Facebook page then you will receive the notification when live streaming commences.

To comply with the current restrictions by the SA government, please register your attendance via https://vca_agm.eventbrite.com.au.

There will be light refreshments post-meeting for members to mingle (while keeping social distancing) with government and funding bodies’ representatives.

2020 AGM Minutes

2021 AGM Notice

2021 AGM Agenda

2021 Annual Report

2021 Audited Financial Statements

We hope to see you all.

VCA/SA Management Committee

Ughur Protests
1 Oct 2021

Dear community members,

The Uyghur communities will be organising two protests this Friday 1 Oct, on Communist China’s National Day, which the Hong Kong community will be there to support:

  • 10 am at Victoria Square
  • 11 am at Rundle Mall

These two communities call on those ethnic communities in SA whose country or territory are being encroached, taken over or threatened by the Chinese Communist Party, to join and support the cause.

For more information, please see here.

Full Moon Festival
25 Sep 2021

Full Moon Festival 2021

Dear Parents,

Due to the unpredictable nature of COVID-19 in South Australia, the Management Committee has chosen to cease the Full Moon Festival program at Prospect Council Memorial Gardens.  Regrettably, this is the second year we have not been able to celebrate together, but the health and safety of our community are paramount.

A sincere thank you to the volunteers who participated in the planning of this program and the performers who spent so much time rehearsing.

However, we have arranged 300 free show bags for children ages 3 to 16 (inclusive) to be distributed on Saturday, 25 September 2021. Please register your child/children via the Eventbrite website https://2021tttshowbag.eventbrite.com.au to receive this gift bag. Registration deadline is 10:00 a.m. Saturday, 25 September 2021 or while tickets last. Please note that only a few of these bags will also contain a dinner voucher supported by our friendly restaurants.

Upon registration, you will receive a ticket. It is important that you arrive to pick up the bags between 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm at the Vietnamese Community Centre.  Collection of the show bag is via a “Drive-Through” system therefore, you and your children are not required to leave the vehicle.

Please drive from Hanson Road into Athol Street towards the Community Centre and park in line at the gate. Kindly present your registration ticket(s) (printed or displayed on the phone) for checking and continue to drive into the parking lot, as directed by the volunteers.

Please contact Miss Thai Phung should you have any queries.

Kind regards

Thái Phụng

Organisation Committee Lead

M: 0423 444 043 | E: phung.ho@sa.vnca.org.au

Tax Time
Australian Taxation Office

Steps to make doing your tax return easier

It’s tax time and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has resources to help people with their tax returns. The aim is to reach and help make tax time easier for as many people as possible. See more here.

Census 2021
10 Aug 2021

What you need to know about the Census

Census night is 10 August 2021.

What is the Census?

Every five years, the Australian Bureau of Statistics counts every person and home in Australia. This is called the Census. It asks questions about things like your age, country of birth, religion, ancestry, language used at home, work and education.

Everyone who is staying in your home on 10 August 2021 must be included. This includes international visitors and babies.

Why you need to do the Census

The Census helps us understand what we need now, and into the future.
Information from the Census helps governments, businesses and not for profit organisations across the country make informed decisions. The Census is also used by community groups to help plan local services for individuals, families and communities. For example:

  • libraries use Census data to understand languages spoken in local communities so they can stock in-language books for their readers
  • supermarkets use Census data to inform the products to stock for their customers – including international foods
  • broadcasters use Census data to determine which in-language radio and media services are needed for their listeners

How your information is kept safe

Your personal information is protected by law. It isn’t shared with other government agencies or anyone else. You can’t be identified by the information you share about yourself or your family in your Census.

How and when to complete the Census

You can complete your Census online, by paper, or with help from us. You can start as soon as you get instructions, if you know who will be home on Census night.

  • Most homes will get instructions in the mail to complete online. This will have your unique Census number and temporary password. Go to www.census.abs.gov.au when you receive your instructions in early August 2021. If you want to use a paper form, call the 24-hour automated paper form request service on 1800 130 250. You will need your 16-digit Census number from your Census letter.
  • Some homes will receive a paper form. This also applies to international students and visitors staying in venues such as hotels, camping grounds or student accommodation. Once completed, return to us using the reply-paid envelope that will be provided. There are instructions on the form if you prefer to complete online.

The Census form is in English only. You can ask family or friends to help with your Census. There will also be Census staff who can show you how to fill in the form.

Who needs to complete the Census

The Census is compulsory.* This means everyone in Australia except diplomats and their families must complete the Census wherever they are on Census night. This includes visa holders, tourists and international visitors like students studying at Australian universities.

Where to get help

There is support available if you need help to complete your Census.

  • Go to Find help near you to find face-to-face help near you.
  • Call us on 1800 512 441 to speak to someone in English.
  • For help in your language, call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450.

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

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

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.