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Sharon Levy – The Haven

The Haven Nepean Women's Shelter

Sometimes in life you get that lightbulb moment, that strike of lightning that says ‘Now is the time’. The Westies are thrilled to speak to Sharon Levy from The Haven, a women’s refuge located in Penrith, who received her lightbulb moment thanks to Yvonne Keane from The Hills Women’s Shelter. With only 50% of domestic violence sufferers being able to find a home – and that’s a conservative estimate considering a huge number of incidents go unreported , Sharon was left asking the question – where do the other 50% go and what could she do to help?  Continue Reading

Stories of Strength – Abdullah Sankari

stories of strength

The Westies love a good story and believe that it is our individual story that makes us human – each of us have one that is as unique as our finger print. It is in sharing the story that we come to empathise with each other and start to see that the commonalities are far greater than our differences.

‘Stories of Strength’ is a project run by Bankstown Youth Development Services, which is about showcasing local Bankstown stories, focusing on experiences of strength and resilience. These stories are generated through a series of interviews conducted by local young people, who interview selected community members. Through inter-generational sharing of cross-cultural stories, the project aims to highlight the strength that individual experiences bring to create a strong and resilient community.

We had the pleasure of meeting a wise young man named Abdullah Sankari who interviewed Ilona Abou Zalouf, his best friend’s Grandmother who grew up in Germany during the Cold War for the ‘Stories of Strength’ project. We chatted about his experience with the project and what he learnt about strength and the power of sharing stories. Continue Reading

L-Fresh The Lion

L-Fresh The Lion

 

L-Fresh The Lion’s parents immigrated to Australia in the 80’s settling in South West Sydney, which has become as equally influential on his musical outputs as L-Fresh’s ancestral roots of the Sikhs from Punjab, India.

I first saw him perform at The Plot festival in Parramatta in December last year. From the minute he and his band stepped on stage the place was buzzing. In is music L-Fresh speaks about some tough topics such as racism, politics and identity struggles. His skill is in delivering the messages in such a way that it actually sinks in and opens up conversation rather than laying blame and creating negative friction.

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