ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY
20th December, 2016
MARSS organised a Christmas Celebration on Friday 16th December from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. To celebrate the festivities, MARSS put up a ‘Giving Tree’ at Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre. Participants could take a card from our Giving Tree, donate an appropriate gift for a boy or a girl and place it under the tree. These were then donated at the Annual Christmas Party to make it a special day for our migrant, refugee or humanitarian clients!
18th September, 2016
MARSS celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights on the 13th of September. We had guest performances, dances, lights and plenty of food.
4th August, 2016
The investors can help program has begun at MARSS. This program leverages the resources of the Canberra community to provide long-term accommodation for our migrants and refugees. MARSS provides guaranteed and continuing renters in return for a modest decrease in the price of rent. This program is set to help MARSS transition our clients from short-term initial housing to more permanent settlement, integrating them within the Canberra community. If you own or manage a property in the Canberra area and are interested in a steady stream of renters who need the help more than most, you can find more information here.
MARSS is excited to announce a new program called Garden to Plate. Participants of this program will gain health gardening and cooking skills, and will also develop an understanding on the importance of healthy eating. Here are some pictures from the classes.
SGP EXPANDS TO SOUTH CANBERRA
1st July, 2016
MARSS has been provided with the opportunity to expand our SGP services to encompass the communities in the south of Canberra. This expansion is proudly supported by the Department of Social Services (DSS).
From the 1st of July, 2016, MARSS will assist migrants and refugees who reside in South-Canberra with their settlement issues and concerns. Migrants and refugees living in South-Canberra are advised and welcome to access MARSS SGP services for resolving any of their future settlement needs.
ENGLISH FOR LIVING EXCURSIONS
7th June, 2016
The wonderful women in the MARSS Tuggeranong conversation group are diverse in their cultural and language backgrounds. They have come to Canberra from Lebanon, Egypt, Iran, Poland, Argentina, China and Cambodia. Many of them have been attending the conversation class for a number of years and are a close knit group who support each other throughout their English language journey.
Our trip to the botanic gardens was planned with lots of discussion and a great deal of enthusiasm. It was the first trip that the group had been on and the first time that they had visited Canberra's National Botanic Gardens. They were surprised to learn that only Australian native plants are grown there, so it was a first in many ways.
Our trip would not have been possible without the assistance of the volunteer teachers Margaret Willis and Ursula Cliff. We were also supported at the gardens by two volunteers, Pam and Lee, who were very knowledgeable "Friends of the Botanic gardens" guides. Each guide took a small group and we walked through the rainforest, rockery and along paths looking at eucalypts, banksias, fungi, pines and palms and many Autumn flowering plants. Our guides were great and turned our walk into easy to understand information sessions.
The English for Living Program students and teachers went on an educational excursion to The National Museum of Australia. The Museum is devoted to telling great stories about Australia. The excursion provided a fascinating ending to the class’ activities of Term 1, especially after successful completion of a related English course entitled 'People in Australia's Past'. The multi award-winning National Museum, using new ideas and interactive displays, presented an excellent opportunity to add value to this very popular English Program offered at MARSS.
The tour of the museum began at The Circa Theatre. All were in awe during this 16-minute audio visual experience taking the spectator on a journey through Australia's past and introducing them to the museum's collections. The Eternity gallery presented more insight into the remarkable achievements of two people studied in the program namely Kingsford Smith and his aeroplane Southern Cross, and Australian surgeon and humanitarian, Professor Fred Hollows. These heroes were two of thirty six prominent Australians who were studied during the English course that commenced in 2015. The tour ended with First Australians, the largest gallery at the National Museum. It features the histories and cultures of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The museum will truly be remembered by the MARSS English students as a place “where stories come alive.”
FIJI FUNDRAISING DINNER
30th May, 2016
On the 27th May, MARSS hosted a fundraising Dinner to help the rebuilding efforts in Fiji after the devastating Cyclone Winston. The fundraising dinner was held at the Hellenic Club in Woden, and was well attended by various dignitaries, Diplomats, High Commissions, Members of Parliament and Government. MARSS was also honoured to have MARSS Patron, Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove and His Excellency the Governor-General attended this fundraising event and were also present for a moving tribute performance from the Fijian and Samoan communities honouring the victims of Cyclone Winston.
Throughout the night there were several performances by the various groups, including by MARSS HSS staff member Thrishila Parshu Ram, Pallivi Warden, the United Nesian Group, Island Breeze, Fofanga, and The Faumius, Samoan Community.
MARSS is pleased to announce that a grand total of $25,000 was raised on this night. The money will be donated to the Prime Minister’s National Disaster and Relief Fund. MARSS would like to thank all guests, performers, sponsors and donors who contributed to making this fundraising dinner a great success.
HARMONY DAY SPORTS CARNIVAL
20th April, 2016
This year’s annual Harmony Day Sports Carnival was held on Saturday the 16th of April, at the AIS Basketball and Netball courts in Bruce. There were over 100 people in attendance with about 75 competitors representing 13 teams from various clubs in the ACT. In the tournament there were 4 basketball teams, 5 futsal teams and 4 volleyball teams, with MARSS fielding a futsal, volleyball and basketball team. Minister Shane Rattenbury, Kris Kala from the Department of Social Services and Juan de La Torre from the MARSS board all attended and officially kicked off the tournament before presenting awards and gift bags to all participants.
The day was a fantastic success, with close competition on all courts, and two Harmony teams making it into the finals. MARSS supplied a barbeque lunch and refreshments throughout the day to all attendees, with a great deal of feedback recorded regarding the success and enjoyment of the tournament by all involved.
The MARSS Team Harmony Basketball team played incredibly well throughout the day, winning two out of their three matches. Harmony Team were victorious against the AFP and Griffin hall teams, however were defeated by the Big Bangs team in the heats. The Big Bangs are a basketball club filled predominantly by ex-harmony players, and so, as the Harmony team faced off against the Big Bangs yet again in the final, Team Harmony was eager for a fight. What followed was an incredibly close game, however, the Big Bangs narrowly defeated Team Harmony by 5 points, with the final score at 45 to 40.
The Harmony futsal team played strongly with a stunning victory over the Griffin Hall team with a final score of 6 to 2, however, the skill of the PCYC and both ANU teams shone through in subsequent games. As such, the final match was played between PCYC and a combined ANU team. PCYC was able to secure a crushing victory over ANU with a 5 to 0 end result, with some of the youngest players in the tournament scoring against the seasoned ANU side.
The Harmony volleyball team performed tremendously, with new additions to the team helping to power Harmony to victory over the ACT Dragons and Griffin Hall. The Harmony volleyball team met the ACT Dragons first team in the volleyball final, with the game going into the third set, which Team Harmony was just able to claw from the Dragons. As such, Team Harmony defeated the Dragons to win the volleyball tournament.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY 2016
15th March, 2016
On March 10, MARSS celebrated International Women’s day with the Arts and Crafts group at Waramanga. The afternoon was filled with great food and company and was a great celebration of women. The MARSS dancing class performed several engaging acts and entertained all those who came for this celebration. The Arts and Crafts group also displayed their handmade items through out the celebration that were available for sale.