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Each year, Seniors Week is celebrated to help tackle ageism in our society and show appreciation for the knowledge, skills and experiences that older people contribute to our community.

MRC Tas Aged Care clients celebrated last week by exploring some special places around Hobart. One group enjoyed a café and park visit in New Norfolk. Another group visited the Channel Heritage Museum and loved the nostalgic display of local heritage artefacts and information about the region.
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The 2020 Study Tasmania International Student Awards is open for nominations!

The Study Tasmania International Students Awards is a significant recognition and celebratory event for international students, staff, homestay family hosts and industry partners that have contributed to the Tasmanian international education industry.

All finalists will be invited to a gala awards event that will be held in Hobart on Monday, 14th December 2020.

Now is the time to nominate students, staff, homestay hosts, and industry partners for a Study Tasmania Award.
Please visit the Study Tasmania website to nominate - www.studytasmania.tas.gov.au/international_education_awards

Nominations will close on 31st October 2020.
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Please note that the Kitchen will be closed this Thursday the 22nd of October and Friday the 23rd of October due to the Show Day public holiday. We will be trading as usual tomorrow, 21st of October between 11am and 2:30pm.

Have you tried our falafel yet? Don’t forget – we offer takeaway too!

Menu - Wednesday 21 October 2020

Ful – slow cooked broad beans (V, VGO, GF)
with green chilli, lemon and spiced butter - $9.50

Pumpkin and haloumi toastie (V, VGO)
roast pumpkin, haloumi and za’atar - $9.50

Falafel plate (VG, GF)
chickpea and herb fritters with hummus, salads, olives and pickles - $15.00

Lamb kofta in tomato sauce
served with burghul and noodle pilaf - $18.00

Injera – Eritrean soft bread
with slow cooked beef, tesmi – spiced butter, carrot salad and pickles - $18.00

Sweets:
Custard baklava
Ma’amoul
Quince mabroushi – made with our quince jam

V = Vegetarian, VG = Vegan, GF = Gluten free, GFO = Gluten free option VGO = Vegan option

Menu subject to change.

Our Kitchen is located at Level G, 1A Anfield St Glenorchy.
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During the recent school holidays our Multicultural Youth Tasmania team held some fun activities in Launceston, including Soccer, Gymnastics, Trampoline, and Badminton. This was the first school holiday program in the north organised by the new MYT Sport and Rec Program. The activities were a big hit with the young people and the MYT team really enjoyed facilitating a more active and connected community during the school break. ... See MoreSee Less

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We are currently seeking an enthusiastic Program Officer to join our Multicultural Youth Tasmania (MYT) program in Hobart. This part time role will operate for two days per week and form a key part of MYT Arts and Sports and Recreation projects. The position is an important part of the dynamic and innovative MYT team and will be responsible for the delivery of activities and projects within the MYT area and providing support to young people from a CALD background.

For more information and to apply please visit: mrctas.org.au/careers/

Applications close 5pm Friday 30th October 2020.
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A big thank you to Dana Eating House and all their amazing customers who have raised a total of $2,629.77 to support our Food Box Program, which provides food relief to temporary visa holders and other migrants impacted by COVID-19. We are so grateful for this wonderful community support <3 ... See MoreSee Less

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Update: We are amazed and so grateful that Nathan Earle Team Ukyo's fundraiser has continued growing to almost $6000! Thank you so much to Nathan and everyone who has donated to support our work. If you would like to contribute to the fundraiser there is still time - it will be closing on Sunday.

For anyone who supported/donated etc. Nathan will also be holding a get together this Friday night to say thanks for the support. More details are on the fundraiser page: www.facebook.com/donate/344524783652657/352230976215371/
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Our lovely participant Vida is from Ghana and this is her chicken waakye, a bean and rice dish served with various accompaniments. On the menu this week!

Menu - 14 - 16 Oct 2020

Pumpkin and Haloumi Toastie (V, VGO)
roast pumpkin, haloumi and za’atar - $9.50

Falafel Plate (VG, GF)
chickpea and herb fritters with hummus, salads, olives and pickles - $15.00

Lamb Kubba in Kashk
lamb and burghul dumplings in yoghurt sauce with radish salad - $16.00

Chicken Waakye (GF)
roast chicken with Ghanaian beans and rice with egg, tomato sauce and chili - $18.00

Kitcha Fitfit
shredded Eritrean pancake and spicy beef sauce with yoghurt and silverbeet - $16.00

Plus, an array of fab sweets of course!

V = Vegetarian, VG = Vegan, GF = Gluten free, GFO = Gluten free option VGO = Vegan option

Menu subject to change.

Our Kitchen is open every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday - 11am to 2:30pm. Dine in or takeaway! Located at Level G, 1A Anfield St Glenorchy

** Please note that the Kitchen will be closed on Thursday the 22nd of October and Friday the 23rd of October due to the Show Day public holiday. We will be trading as usual on Wednesday the 21st of October.
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Update: Nathan Earle Team Ukyo has completed the Everesting Challenge and has raised over $3,700 to support our work!! Amazing! A big congratulations and thank you from all of us at MRC Tas! ... See MoreSee Less

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Update: 36 laps deep and still going strong! Go Nathan!!

You can learn more about Nathan's Everesting fundraiser challenge here:

www.themercury.com.au/sport/tasmanian-professional-cyclist-eyeing-off-top-10-finish-in-worlds-mos...

www.abc.net.au/radio/hobart/programs/your-afternoon/nathan-earle-mountain-ten-times-with-intro/12...

www.facebook.com/donate/344524783652657/3358620874218692/
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Nathan is undertaking the Everesting challenge as we speak!! He has just clocked over 3,000m vert, and clock is at 2hrs 15min. Going strong! 💪 ... See MoreSee Less

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This Mental Health Week we are celebrating 'we all have a role to play'. Let us all pause and #checkin with ourselves and recognise how we have all been looking after ourselves during these challenging times.

It is important to look after our mental and physical wellbeing every day. Exercising, laughing, eating healthy, and connecting with friends and family are important factors that contribute to a happier and healthier you. What do you do each day to look after your wellbeing?

The 'Be kind to your mind' resources are available in 10 different languages on the MRC Tas website: mrctas.org.au/phoenix-centre-resources/
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The countdown is on!! Tasmanian professional cyclist Nathan Earle will be taking on the Everesting Challenge this Monday! 🚴‍♂️
He’ll roll off at 7:30am Monday the 12th at The Lea, Gilwell Drive. All are welcome to come and cheer Nathan on, even if just for a minute or two (or second as he rides past!)

Nathan is raising funds for MRC Tas while tackling the Everesting Challenge. The concept of Everesting is simple yet is brutally hard. Pick any hill, anywhere in the world and complete repeats of it in a single activity until you climb 8,848m – the equivalent height of Mt Everest. The total distance is just under 129km!

We are in awe of Nathan's determination. A wonderful example of making your profession and passion count for a purpose <3
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Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania

It's perfect weather for a hot cup of Eritrean coffee and this delicious date and sesame slice. Our kitchen is open till 2:30pm today, come and try something new! ... See MoreSee Less

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If you’re looking for paid work, this fortnightly Career Coaching series is for you!

This Career Coaching series will help people from migrant backgrounds:

- Develop job seeking skills for your next job.
- Put your best foot forward in a competitive labour market.
- Enhance your cultural knowledge and career management skills.

mrctas.org.au/event/career-coaching/2020-10-14/
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Kitchen Menu: 7th – 9th Oct 2020

Red lentil and spinach soup (V, GF, VGO)
with yoghurt and herbs - $9.50

Pumpkin and haloumi toastie (V, VGO)
with roast pumpkin, haloumi and za’atar on toasted pita - $9.50

Falafel plate (VG, GF)
chickpea and herb fritters with hummus, salads, olives and pickles - $15.00

Syrian braised lamb (GF)
with potatoes and silverbeet served with basmati rice - $18.00

Injera – soft Eritrean bread
with roast chicken alicha, boiled egg, salad and pickles - $18.00

Plus, an array of fab sweets of course!

V = Vegetarian, VG = Vegan, GF = Gluten free, GFO = Gluten free option VGO = Vegan option

Menu subject to change.

Our Kitchen is open every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday - 11am to 2:30pm. Dine in or takeaway! Located at Level G, 1A Anfield St Glenorchy
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Do you have lived experience of settlement? Are you interested in providing support and information to young people aged 15-25 years from refugee and migrant backgrounds? We want to hear from you!

MRC Tas is currently seeking Youth Peer Workers to join our Multicultural Youth Tasmania (MYT) program in both Launceston and Hobart. These roles will be employed on a casual basis and form a key part of the Community Champions project. The position will provide expert advice and administrative support to the MYT Coordinator and Youth Workers.

For more information and to apply please visit www.mrctas.org.au/careers/
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The Australian Government is hosting the Tasmania Virtual Job Fair next Wednesday 14 October 2020. It’s free to register and you can chat with employers virtually. ... See MoreSee Less

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Tasmanian professional cyclist Nathan Earle will be attempting the Everesting Challenge - completing repeats of a hill (still to be determined which one) on his bike in a single session until he has climbed 8,848m – the equivalent height of Mt Everest. Nathan has generously decided to pair this epic challenge with a fundraiser for MRC Tas. A big thank you to Nathan and everyone who has donated to support our work. We look forward to seeing updates and wish Nathan the best of luck for completing this difficult challenge! ... See MoreSee Less

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Stephanie Jack from Forty South Tasmania recently stopped by the Kitchen for lunch and a chat. Check out the beautiful article about her visit. Definitely a must read ❤
www.fortysouth.com.au/stephanie-jack/kitchen-of-dreams-1
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Did you know that Tasmanian farm owners are looking to fill 8,000 farm jobs this year?

MRC Tas is hosting workshops to help connect people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to the “Harvest Trail” program, which recruits for Tasmanian farms and agricultural businesses.
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Are you a woman from a migrant or refugee background, living in Australia? Please share your voice and experiences by completing this survey. Your views will help shape advocacy for positive change for migrant and refugee women in Australia.Harmony Alliance, in partnership with Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre, is launching a nationwide survey into the experiences of migrant and refugee women in Australia.

The survey will collect data on experiences of women from migrant and refugee backgrounds, with a focus on women’s safety and well-being. Findings from the survey will inform advocacy for migrant and refugee women based on their own views and experiences.

The survey is anonymous, will take 20 minutes to complete, and is available in nine languages: English, Arabic, Thai, Vietnamese, Farsi, Nepali, Simplified Chinese, Korean and Punjabi.

If you identify as a migrant or refugee woman living in Australia and you are over the age of 18 years, please complete the survey using this link: monash.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0vm6sG5rHErNXQ9

By completing the survey, you will help shape advocacy for positive change for migrant and refugee women in Australia. You will also have a chance of winning one of 10 Coles-Myer vouchers to the value of $100.
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Fancy something sweet? Why not try these delicious date, walnut and rose balls. Vegan and gluten free!

Other delights on offer this week include ‘halawat al jibn’ - a cheese and custard dessert with rose petal jam, and a delicious date and sesame slice.

Lots of tasty lunch options lined up for this week as well!

Menu: 30th Sept – 3rd Oct

Ful – slow cooked broad beans (V, GF)
with green chilli, lemon and spiced butter - $9.50

Pumpkin and haloumi toastie (V)
Roast pumpkin, haloumi and za’atar on toasted pita - $9.50

Falafel plate (VG, GF)
Chickpea and herb fritters hummus, salads, olives and pickles - $15.00

Roast chicken with yoghurt sauce (GFO)
with cumin roasted cauliflower and buttered noodle rice - $18.00

Injera – soft Eritrean bread
with Eritrean spiced beef sauce, potato alicha, salad and pickles - $18.00

V = Vegetarian, VG = Vegan, GF = Gluten free, GFO = Gluten free option available.

Menu subject to change.

Our Kitchen is open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday - 11am to 2:30pm. Dine in or takeaway! Located at Level G, 1A Anfield St Glenorchy
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Here is something you can try if you are feeling stressed out and unsure:

Imagine that you’re in your safe place – it might be beside a waterfall, it might be on a mountain or in a forest.

Imagine what it looks like, what it smells like and slowly breathe in and out. Tell yourself, 'I’m safe.’

'Be kind to your mind' resources are available in 11 different languages on the MRC Tas website: mrctas.org.au/phoenix-centre-resources/
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Thank you so much Dāna Eating House for this wonderful support of our Food Box Program <3The recent pandemic hit our industry hard. Those of us who managed to find some stability, form of income and emotional support are incredibly grateful, but unfortunately this was not the reality for all. Many members of our hospitality community are temporary visa holders for whom the impacts of COVID-19 were particularly devastating- and we know that these impacts are still felt today. They are our colleagues, and in this industry they are our brothers and sisters. We are wholly committed to supporting migrant members of our community by contributing towards an inclusive and culturally diverse society.

Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania (MRC) is a not-for-profit organisation that supports and empowers migrants and refugees to settle and live fulfilling lives in Tasmania through various services and projects. One such project is The MRC Tas Social Enterprise Kitchen: a social enterprise project providing pathways to employment for people from migrant backgrounds. Participants undertake practical workplace experience, furthering training and employment opportunities in the hospitality industry.

Since early May, MRC Tas has been providing weekly staple food boxes to temporary visa holders and other migrants who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The boxes contain nutritious and culturally appropriate food that can be prepared at home.
With support from donors, MRC Tas has been able to deliver up to 60 food boxes per week. This offers a short term and dignified solution to meeting immediate basic needs. The establishment and continuation of this service would not be possible without support from donors.

A donation of $50 will provide a food box, the average contents of which will last for approximately 10 days.

The team at Dāna are proud to partner with MRC Tas and contribute towards their Food Box Program. We hope our customers will join us and dig a little deeper for those experiencing hardship in our community.

Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania
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