April 2015

Advance Diversity Services (ADS) is offering a range of support initiatives for the local Nepali community to help them through the tragedy that has unfolded following the earthquake that hit Nepal on Saturday 25th April.

We invite members of the local Nepali community in need of support during these distressing times to access any or all of the following:

Grief Counselling – we have organised access for you, members of your family or friends in the local Nepalese community to grief counselling services provided by St George Community Mental Health located at Level One, 15 Kensington St Kogarah. Their phone number is (02) 9553 2500. You do not need to make an appointment, just walk in and ask for the duty officer and let them know you need some grief counselling.

Candle Light Vigil – Advance Diversity Services and the ADS Nepalese reference group with support from Rockdale Council are organising a candle light vigil this Wednesday 29th April at the Kings Street Mall commencing at 5:30 pm. This gathering is open to the wider community to show love & respect for those that have been affected by the tragic earthquake in Nepal.

Group support session – Advance Diversity Services and the ADS Nepalese reference group will be organising a group support session for the Nepalese Community during the coming weekend (May 2-3). Please contact our office on (02) 9597 5455 for further details.

Support from our competent staff – please feel free to come into our offices at 552 Princes Highway Rockdale or call us on (02) 9597 5455 and talk with one of our professional staff if you need some support. They will be able to refer you to additional support if you should require it.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015, at 5:30 p.m.  at Kings Street Mall ,Rockdale 2216

The Advance Diversity Services and it’s Nepalese Reference Group members with the support of Rockdale City Council  would like to invite and welcome you to a Candle Light Vigil to reflect on the recent tragic Earthquake in Nepal and show support for the victims and survivors of this devastating event. The Vigil takes place on Wednesday, 29 April 2015  at Kings Street Mall Rockdale and commences at 5:30 pm. The program will include a collective prayer and moment of silence lead by staff of the Advance Diversity Services , a candle lighting ceremony and an exchange of reflections and thoughts as well as messages of hope for the people of Nepal. This special event will show love & respect for those who affected by the Earthquake and their families.

On the 19th of March 2015, Harmony Day was celebrated gloriously in the city of Kogarah. The Kogarah Library was filled with over a hundred enthusiastic personals, including the Mayor of Kogarah Council, Michael Platt and the Chairperson of Advance Diversity Services(ADS), Ruth Fyfe. The event was organised by ADS, along with the Kogarah City Council, in the wake of the SMGRC Cultural Hub Project: which provided the Hijab Styling, the exciting Henna Tattoos, the stall filled with delicious aroma of the food from the Bengali, Nepali and Arabic backgrounds, and a graceful Nepali dance performance held for crowd entertainment by a ADS Nepali Dance Group, dressed in their ravishing and colourful clothing. The exciting Harmony Day Write-off Contest was held, in the midst of all the celebration and the winners went home happily with their awards. All in all, it was a successful, yet harmonious day, filled with smiles and laughter.