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Wearing pink saris, SSI staff joined the South Asian women’s network, SAHELI, in Parramasala’s Opening Night Parade in Parramatta last month.

SAHELI – a Hindi word that translates to ‘sister’ – and SSI staff took part in the Pink Sari Project, led by NSW Multicultural Health Communication Service, at the Parramasala Parade to help raise awareness about breast cancer and breast screening.

SAHELI volunteers and SSI staff joined the Parramasala Opening Night Parade.
SAHELI volunteers and SSI staff joined the Parramasala Opening Night Parade.

Indian and Sri Lankan communities in NSW are said to have one of the lowest rates of breast cancer screening in the state, which can increase chances of survival through early detection. SAHELI supports the initiative by facilitating a mobile breast screening clinic that is free to women 40 years and older.

SAHELI operates under the Social Entrepreneurial Ventures of Australian South Asians organisation, known as SEVA International. The group of volunteers works closely with SSI, promoting health information, sponsoring SSI’s Community Kitchen and supporting social and cultural events, including Diwali celebrations, for SSI’s clients of South Asian heritage. 

 

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Four Brave Women: Summer Hill café empowers refugee entrepreneurs

Courtesy The Australian: Ethiopian refugee Adi Tefera, left, with volunteer chef Kate Spina at Four Brave WomenFour Brave Women is open for business!

Developed as a joint initiative between The Trading Circle, a division of the charity Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, and SSI, Four Brave Women is a café and community space where refugees have the opportunity to create a sustainable income for themselves using their culinary skills. It is a creative and inclusive space that celebrates different cultures through food and art.

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