Making a Difference from Afar

Appeal for school materials, books, food, clothing and donations for children in Liberia by Wollongong local Jay Jay Ganwaye.

Former refugee Jay Jay Ganwaye is appealing to the community for much needed donations of school materials, clothing, food and other support for children in Liberia. Since making Wollongong his new home in 2009, Jay Jay has worked tirelessly to establish a charity organisation in Liberia to improve the welfare and education of disadvantaged and vulnerable children. His organisation, Future of the Children Ministry, now serves over 500 children who could benefit immensely from donations of school supplies, non-perishable food items, clothing and other essential items for their development.

Liberia is still recovering from devastating civil wars and poverty. Children are the ones who are the most vulnerable under these circumstances. Education is very expensive in Liberia, leaving many families unable to send their children to school. This is what inspired Jay Jay to establish free, high quality schools and education programs in Monrovia. Jay Jay also hopes to raise awareness in Australia about the challenges his homeland of Liberia faces.

Jay Jay established the registered charity using his own finances with the help of family and friends. They are now operating a school in Monrovia for children from Kindergarten to Year 9. They also run reading clubs, youth leadership and sport programs, Jay Jay is aspiring to open a high school for Years 10-12 and a vocational computer class program as well.

Collection of donations and media appointments can be arranged by contacting Jay Jay on 0469 271 411.

Stall Holders Wanted

Carers NSW is looking for stall holders to take part at a carers event being held at Dapto Ribbonwood Centre on Wednesday 26th October 10.00am – 2.00 pm to celebrate their 40th birthday.

There is no cost to be part of the event and Carers NSW will provide 1 x trestle table and 1 x chair for your use throughout the day.

To register as a stall holder complete the attached registration form and email to

This is a free event for carers and their families to enjoy various relaxation and wellness workshops, complimentary massages, resourceful service providers  and a delicious lunch. Please contact  or call 9280 4744 to register as a stall holder, attendee or other event enquiries.


Male Suicide

Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men. We lose a man to suicide every minute of every day.

Saturday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day and we have a simple message: Men, let’s talk when things get tough. Please watch and share this to keep the conversation going.


To speak with someone immediately, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467. If life is in danger, call 000 or go directly to emergency services.

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Shine Women Kiama

SHINE WOMEN, is a Community based small group programme, for supporting, empowering and mentoring local women, to discover their worth and strength to make healthy life decisions.

Jeanine Maxwell, a qualified Social Worker, worked in Child and Family Welfare agencies, and Counselling, during her 40 year career, before retiring to Kiama.

In 2012, at the invitation of Kiama High School, Jeanine recruited, trained and facilitates a team of women to run ShineGirl for Year 8 girls selected by KHS, who are struggling with the pressures of adolescence.

ShineGirl is a Personal Development, Life Skills Programme.  The students love the programme, and the KHS staff say the girls who have completed the 9 week Course have increased confidence, and are more at ease socially. Kiama High School requested a similar programme for boys.  Jeanine recruited and trained a team of men to facilitate Strength in KHS, for Year 8 boys. It commenced this year, 2016.  Shine and Strength are supported financially by KHS P&C, Kiama Council, local Rotary and Lions Clubs.

SHINE WOMEN commences on Friday 14th October, 10-11.30am,

At Minnamurra Anglican Church Hall, 17 Railway Pde, Minnamurra

Sponsored by Kiama Anglican Church.

Registration required.


Further Information; contact Jeanine  0481 245 954.