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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 9 2008
4 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, July 10, 2008 WORLD YOUTH DAY www.innerwestweekly.com.au Pope a buzz for refugees Sudanese refugees Bol Bol, of De La Salle, and Akoi Majak, of Bethlehem College, will meet the Pope. LAUREN MURADA and BOEL ERIKSSON When I found out I was jumping up and down and screaming, thinking how did I get here.' ' Sudanese refugee AKOI MAJAK HAVING the opportunity to meet the Pope is more than Akoi Majak could have ever imagined when she fled from Sudan eight years ago. The Bethlehem College student has been invited to attend a youth gathering with Pope Benedict dur- ing World Youth Day. ''When I found out I was jump- ing up and down and screaming, thinking 'how did I get here','' Akoi said. Only 20 students from around Australia have been invited to the meeting for disadvantaged young people, which will be held at the University of Notre Dame, on Friday, July 18. Akoi, 16, will be accompanied by fellow student Bol Bol, from neigh- bouring De La Salle College. ''I'm quite excited, it's going to be a wonderful experience,'' Bol said. The 18-year-old is also a Sudanese refugee and arrived in Australia three years ago. Both students have been selec- ted to attend the meeting for their hard work in the community. They are both student represen- tatives on Sydney's Catholic schools inaugural Refugee Advis- ory Committee, a body set up to help new arrival students settle into school. Bol is vice-captain at De La Salle and Akoi has shared her experi- ence as a refugee with the com- munity by writing a screen play. To Way Divert was performed at the Blacktown Arts Centre and is about her life and challenges of adapting to a new culture. Akoi's story is a remarkable one, starting with a two-year journey that saw her living in a refugee camp in Uganda with her mother and eight siblings. Leaving their father behind, the family thought he was dead after being taken by the militia in 2001. ''After eight years, we received news from our aunt just this month, that he is alive and living in South Sudan. We hope to be reunited soon. It's just a miracle, and we're really happy!'' BRIEFLY Mass live sites WORLD Youth Day is coming to Burwood and Strathfield Parks. Large screens will be erected in both parks on Sunday, July 20, to broadcast the Pope's final mass. Burwood's event, from 9am, will include a fundraising barbecue and seating is provided. Strathfield's event starts at 9.30am. Pilgrims' home MORE than 10,000 pilgrims will stay at facilities within Sydney Olympic Park. Pilgrim services director Geoff Morris said Olympic Park would be the event's largest accommodation centre. ''We will be making special arrangements to properly care for the pilgrims who will call Sydney Olympic Park home for a week,'' he said. The site will be used for accommodation before and after the WYD festival, Mr Morris said. Bikes for police SIXTY custom-built NSW Police Force bicycles are hitting the streets in time for World Youth Day. The Hawk mountain bike was launched at Homebush last week. It is the only Australian bicycle designed for operational policing and has been specially designed for police use by police officers. They will be taken out on their first patrols during World Youth Day before returning to local area commands to be used in day-to-day high visibility policing. Sauter and Seiler - 100% German made Kawai - Full line, digital and accoustic pianos Yamaha & Kawai used pianos - Biggest importer in Aust 24 Months Interest Free* *Conditions Apply Sydney PianoWorld •Open10am-5pm •7days • 136 Liverpool Rd, ENFIELD • 9715 7118 • Grand Pianos $8,990 • Brand New Kawaii upright start from $2990 • Used Pianos $680 - $19,990 we have Pianos covered END OF FINANCIAL YEAR SALE 2033816i gww wk51 Find what you're searching for. Whether it's something that's precious to you, something you can't buy new any more, or something you'd just love to have, there's a good chance you'll find it at Cash Converters. You'll be amazed at what we stock and then delighted with the price. Plus, most our goods are covered with a warranty. Ashfield & Burwood Physiotherapy and Craniosacral Therapy Centres "Let us solve your problems before they begin" ASHFIELD 56 Elizabeth Street Tel/Fax: 9798 6115 BURWOOD 31A Meryla Street Tel/Fax: 9744 1453 www.ashfieldphysio.com.au www.burwoodphysio.com.au 2123176k OPEN: Monday - Sunday 7am - 8pm 549 Great North Road, ABBOTSFORD 9716 9666 BASKET CASE LAUNDRETTE Pickup & Delivery Ironing Dry Cleaning Washing Self Service Laundrette 2121929K
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