G’day and Kia ora to all Kiwis and Aussies
in Manitoba and beyond!

Welcome to the Down Under Club of Winnipeg. We’re a social club based far, far from our original homes and hold regular events for members and guests. We also produce a monthly newsletter about connections in our new community and all things happening down under. Go on, explore our site and consider joining our group. Hooroo, mates!

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Yarn 2020 Feb-Mar

Yarn 2020 February / March

The Southern Yarn’s February March issue is available as a PDF for download right now!

Why wait for the yellow paper version in the post, when you can get it now, in glorious colour, with live links as well! Check it out.

And how about all those past issues? Get them on the Yarn’s own webpage.

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Winnipeg Fundraiser for the Australian Bushfires — We Are SOLD OUT!

THANK YOU, Winnipeg, for your generous support of our bushfires fundraiser.

We are SOLD OUT, and tickets will NOT be available at the door.

If you would still like to help, we are accepting donations. Any amount is welcome, but donations of $20 or more will get a tax receipt from the Canadian Red Cross for monies sent to the Australian Red Cross Disaster and Relief Recovery Fund. To make a donation, contact Peter Debenham at 204-955-0393.

The devastating bushfires in Australia are continuing to take an almost unimaginable toll on that country. At least 34 people have died, livelihoods have been lost, countless native animals and livestock populations have been decimated, and millions of hectares of land have been burned beyond recognition. Continue reading

How you can help

Thank you to Jacqueline Cassel-Cramer for the idea and the Australian High Commission in Ottawa for this list of some of the main organisations supporting communities impacted by the fires. If you want to make a donation, please click on the link provided and contact these organisations directly:

Tax-deductable donations can NOW also be made through the Canadian Red Crosshttps://www.redcross.ca/ or 1-800-418-1111 (donor relations office).

As the bushfires continue …

Kookaburra perched on a burnt tree in the aftermath of a bushfire in Wallabi Point, Australia, on November 12, 2019. Photo: ADAM STEVENSON/Reuters.

Local Aussie Phoebie Peters was interviewed by Caitlyn Gowriluk at CBC Manitoba about the bushfires in Australia.

You can read the entire piece at “Houses, memories gone in ‘blink of an eye’: Fires spark worry for Australian expat in Winnipeg“.

Phoebie is an apprentice tattoo artist at Rising Phoenix Body Art on Winnipeg’s Sherbrook Street, and providing one of six designs for $50 a piece — koalas, wombats and kangaroos. Half the proceeds are going to WIRES — NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc. — that has been rescuing and caring for native animals for more than 30 years, and is currently working with animals affected by the fires.

Visit Phoebie for a tattoo — “We plan on doing this until Australia is no longer burning” — or make a direct donation to WIRES.

Thanks to CBC Manitoba for doing the article, and to all Canadians who have reached out with their concerns, their donations, and their help.