Australia, who the bloody hell are we? Comedy Event in Sydney

The campaign for Australian Aid has been a force to be reckoned with – creating amazing and unique ways to get Australian Aid back on the agenda. We have so much in this country – I know you may feel you are struggling, but on a World scale, you have no ideas. I’m blessed to have had the opportunity to travel and to see upon reflection how fortunate we really are.

What we don’t understand, is that by helping others, we in turn reduce the risks to Australia both financially and often in the health sector. I.e. by working to reduce instances of disease and prevent the spread, the cost is less and there is a lower chance that it would reach Australia.

Anywho, this post is about an incredible comedy event on TONIGHT (sorry for the late notice) in Sydney. Here’s the details and I hope you can get along and learn more about how we can do more for others.

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Sydney Comedy Gala Screening: Australia, Who the Bloody Hell Are We?

A variety show and film screening of the Campaign for Australian Aid’s Australia, Who the Bloody Hell Are We? Comedy Gala, will take place at Giant Dwarf Theatre this Thursday 13 Oc- tober.

The live show will feature renowned comedians Osamah Sami, Josh Hawkins, Emma Malik, Na- tional slam poet champion Philip Wilcox and and Triple J Unearthed artist Julie Kerr. It will be hosted by actress/model Imogen Bailey.

The screening will showcase highlights from the Australia, Who the Bloody Hell Are We? Com- edy Gala that was held in Melbourne last week. The Melbourne Gala was hosted by the award- winning Tom Ballard who was joined by 11 of Australia’s most talented acts including Tripod, Nelly Thomas and Shiralee Hood. The event encourages people to place our national identity, values and global citizenship under the microscope.

“Comedy is a great way to analyse Australia’s place in the world, while focusing on what unites us rather than what divides us. Comedy is a great way to look at Australia’s performance as a global citizen, while also examining a number of pressing challenges such as inequality and cli- mate change,” said Ricky Keung, Sydney’s State Organiser for the Campaign for Australian Aid.

Appearing live:

Imogen Bailey – Host
Osamah Sami – Comedian
Emma Malik – Comedian
Josh Hawkins – YouTube Personality Philip Wilcox – National Slam Poet Champ Julie Kerr – Triple J Unearthed Artist

Screening talent list:

Tom Ballard (Host) Nelly Thomas Tripod
Shiralee Hood Geraldine Hickey Umit Bali

Laura Davis Osamah Sami Michael Chamberlin Busty Beatz
Randy (the Puppet) Demi Lardner

Event details:

Event: Australia, Who the Bloody Hell Are We? Adelaide Comedy Gala
Location: Giant Dwarf Theatre, 199 Cleveland Street, Redfern, NSW 2016
Time: 6pm arrival for a 7pm start

Event hashtag: #WhoAreWe

 

About Campaign for Australian Aid

The Campaign for Australian Aid is a movement of people, organisations, communities and businesses who believe that our country can and should do more to help build a better, fairer future for all. It represents over 65 aid and development organisations, church, business and community groups.

 

 

My tears are now falling for #NepalEarthquake victims

Just watched this video and for the first time since this all happened I broke down in tears.
I just know after seeing it all so recently … How hard the recovery is gonna be. The infrastructure and the lack of local government support for the people… It just makes it all so much harder. There are expected to be upward of 5000, approaching the 10,000 mark of deaths due to this disaster. A number to a country like Australia that is unfathomable. But when you have been there, seen the densely populated city and mass of life, you can understand.
4 month baby rescued after 22 hours - sent by my friend Bishaka in Kathmandu

4 month baby rescued after 22 hours – sent by my friend Bishaka in Kathmandu

I’m happy to know world vision are there now and doing good work. But they need our help! There is hope for those who have survived and for more to be rescued. Donate here to World Vision Australia. 
This sweet simple moment with my friends in March this year. Bath time on a rooftop. So many of these homes now damaged or gone.

This sweet simple moment with my friends in March this year. Bath time on a rooftop. So many of these homes now damaged or gone.

Reading this article now about how critical the response efforts are in the first 24 hours from former Social Media Manager at World Vision Australia, Richenda Vermuelen, now Director of ntegrity!
If you work at a not-for-profit you’re the voice of the people affected. A strong plan of action is measured in hours, not days. Donor attention follows media attention, so your window of opportunity is likely to last only one week (168 hours). Make it count.”
It’s so important we get behind these not for profits.
My friend Bishaka, I met her in Scotland in 2014, is currently in KAthmandu. She has a brother in hospital and her nephew (8 years old pictured below) is also receiving treatment for wounds. She has sent most of her family off to India for safety. She’s sending me photos of scenes and it’s hard to hold back the tears. I am being strong but I just cannot imagine the situation she is in. She’s trained in emergency situations and hopes to get out to more rural areas once they can find a way to travel their as access is the main issue. I will continue to share her stories. This morning she was messaging as 11 more aftershocks came… this is happening through the day and night.
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Another story of a local, shared by World Vision Australia and Matt Darvas is Kumar Gurung, who watched his village be devastated by the #nepaearthquake:
Kumar’s story.
Kumar’s own family – comprised of his 37-year-old wife, 12-year-old daughter, 3 sons age 16, 10 and 8 years were inside the house eating their lunch at the time of the quake. As the walls started to shake, they quickly ran from the house which collapsed immediately behind them. – See more at: http://blog.worldvision.com.au/a-state-of-helplessness-kumar-bahadur-gurung/?source=FB_NON_280415#sthash.J2eyCZQX.dpuf”
I pray for all these people of Nepal. My memories are nothing but fondness, hope and beauty from this nation. It’s so sad to believe that they are currently living in such a state of terror.
Team World Vision in March 2015 before our #Everestbasecamptrek2015. Standing in Durbar Square, Kathmandu.

Team World Vision in March 2015 before our #Everestbasecamptrek2015. Standing in Durbar Square, Kathmandu.

It’s so surreal to have been standing in this spot, just a month ago, in the heart of a bustling ancient city… and for now it to be reduced to rubble. The rich cultural heritage of the city will be hard to repair… but the lives that have been lost are simply irreplaceable.
A photo of Bouddahnath and friends in March... it's now a crumbled mess.

A photo of Bouddahnath and friends in March… it’s now a crumbled mess.