HELP WITH MOVE: Seniors Asian Women’s Development Program members (from left) Fe Linortner, Julie Leck, Ramona Zanger and Rory Proctor   at   Maryborough Neighbourhood Centre.
HELP WITH MOVE: Seniors Asian Women’s Development Program members (from left) Fe Linortner, Julie Leck, Ramona Zanger and Rory Proctor at Maryborough Neighbourhood Centre. Boni Holmes

Ladies create a welcoming network for friendly support

MOVING to a foreign country can be daunting but the ladies of the SAWDP say they have found long-time friends and will be long-time supporters.

The Seniors Asian Women’s Development Program members found socialising and workshops made the transition into Australia so easy.

The seniors AWDP was organised a couple of years ago for older members to enjoy social activities including morning tea, multicultural cooking and dancing; helping with organising programs and fundraisers, and doing workshops and courses.

Secretary of the management committee of the MNC Julie Leck said she was asked to volunteer a half day each week.

“It didn’t take very long and I was down there every day,” Julie said.

“I then got a job in council and after retiring came back to volunteer here.

“It’s a place I find I still can be useful and at the same time I am accepted as I am.

“They make me feel important all the time.”

The SAWDP offer different programs including sewing, computing and dancing for fitness.

Volunteer Rory Proctor moved from Darwin and enrolled in a literacy program at the centre to “keep busy”.

“The literacy program is always offered to people from other countries just to get acquainted with the accent and language,” she said.

“I was asked to become a member and also worked in reception – just a few hours a few times a week.

“I was here when the new building in Ellena St was opened in 2006.

“I keep coming back because it’s nice to meet different people and helping people find their way in a new community.”

Argentinean Ramona Zanger said she came to Maryborough in 2005.

“I volunteer at both Maryborough and Hervey Bay centres,” Ramona said.

“I help with a lot of multicultural activities.

“I really enjoy it and so does my husband.”

Fe Linortner said she has made many life-long friends and is kept really busy with all the socials.

“The camaraderie and atmosphere makes you feel comfortable – it’s like a big home.”

For more information visit the Maryborough Neighbourhood Centre, 25 Ellena St, phone 4121 2141 or email awdp@mary boroughnc.org.


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