Ozanam Song Contest

ozanam learning centre song competition

Community Restorative Centre staff Murray Cook and Kate Pinnock (Jailbreak Radio) were recently honoured to be asked to adjudicate at the inaugural Ozanam Learning Centre talent quest in Woolloomooloo. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Music Coordinator Vlad Nestorovski 13 contestants, including three bands, were able to perform and compete for the first prize of a $300 Coles shopping voucher and similar second and third prizes. Most contestants came from homeless/disadvantaged/rehab backgrounds, and the diversity and depth of talent was great. Performers could avail themselves of the excellent musical equipment and PA supplied by the OLC.

From piano and sax solos, flamenco guitar, singer songwriters, to KISS impersonators and heavy metal, the show was run seamlessly to a full house of clients and staff. The judging was difficult because of the quality of the acts, but eventually after some deliberation first prize was awarded to singer-songwriter Space Engineer who beguiled the audience with his charm and wit, and heartfelt and masterful delivery of an original song detailing his difficult journey through life. Second prize went to a magnificent, intense solo flamenco guitar performance by Sean Bargwanna, and third prize went to the band The Battlers who sprung from the excellent music program at the Exodus Foundation in Ashfield.

Big props must go to host Clare who held the event together with verve, drollery and panache and could easily consider a future career in showbiz, and Vlad, Alarna and the rest of the Ozanam team for setting up and facilitating the smooth running of the event. It was great to be involved on behalf of CRC, as many of the participants and audience are potential clients for our Songwriting Workshops Program, which now counts OLC, Redfern Community Centre and Exodus Foundation amongst the potential places of interest, rehabilitation and learning for our target population of ex-inmates. A great afternoon was had by all, judging by all the smiling faces, and we are looking forward to involvement in more such events, such as a combined Christmas concert.

 

the-remains
The Remains

 

the-remains
The Remains

 

The Remains

 

the-battlers
The Battlers

 

Space Engineer
Vlad from OLC with Space Engineer

 

ozanam learning centre song competition

NAIDOC Week 2017 Celebrations

This week is NAIDOC Week, and so yesterday the CRC celebrated in style, gathering with fellow staff and community members at the Redfern Community Centre to celebrate the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures by listening to music and performances, and eating amazing food together.

Legendary singer/songwriter Vic Simms gave the Welcome to Country and entertained the crowd during lunch, and didgeridoo player Brendan Mitchell demonstrated how his instrument is used in traditional story-telling, with some humorous modern updates thrown in. CRC musicians Xenia, Rhys, Mindy and Murray sang the traditional song Ngarra Burra Ferra, and there was a viewing of the Caught Up hip-hop music video which was produced by CRC’s Jailbreak as an education resource on hepatitis C.

Thanks to our host on the day Ken Canning, Vic Simms, Brendan Mitchell, the CRC musicians Xenia, Murray, Mindy & Rhys, all staff and support at Redfern Community Centre, CESPHN, Coles for supplying food, and everyone who helped prepare the lovely sausage sizzle and cakes (including Gwen for the amazing NAIDOC cake). And special thanks to the CRC’s Paul Bates for pulling the whole event together and inspiring everyone at CRC.

It was a wonderful day, and we’ll definitely be doing something similar next year.

 

Welcome to CRC NAIDOC Week
Welcome to CRC NAIDOC Week

 

Ken Canning and Vic Simms
Ken Canning and Vic Simms – Welcome to Country

 

Brendan Mitchell
Brendan Mitchell

 

NAIDOC Cake!
NAIDOC Cake! Thanks to Gwen for baking this beauty.

 

L-R: Trevor Bates and Kobi Bates, alongside South Sydney Rabbitohs Braidon Burns, Cody Walker & Tyrell Fuimaono

 

CRC’s Paul Bates and Mindy Sotiri

 

NAIDOC cupcakes
Amazing food, NAIDOC cupcakes

 

Our Languages Matter
Our Languages Matter

 

 

CRC brochures
CRC brochures & Caught Up DVDs

 

Alarna & Vlad from Ozanam Learning Centre, Mindy from CRC
Alarna & Vlad from Ozanam Learning Centre, Mindy from CRC

 

Mindy Sotiri gives thanks and acknowledgement to everyone who made the event possible

 

NAIDOC cupcakes
NAIDOC cupcakes

 

NAIDOC 2017 - Our Languages Matter
NAIDOC 2017 – Our Languages Matter

Deirdre Hyslop – Reintegration Champion

CRC’s Miranda Project Director Deirdre Hyslop recently accepted the Reintegration Champion Award for 2017, at the Reintegration Puzzle Conference which was held in Sydney this year.

Deirdre has worked tirelessly for many years, and made a huge difference to the lives of people in the criminal justice system in NSW. She is the quiet achiever, and without her vision and tenacity many criminal justice system initiatives would not have seen the light of day.

Congratulations and thank you to Deirdre for everything you have done and continue to do.

Donna – Indigenous Leadership in Broken Hill

Dieri woman Donna, from Broken Hill, talks with Jailbreak about her personal journey & healing, running a local women’s program, and developing strong indigenous leadership in the community. With a personal music selection featuring Christine Anu, Archie Roach, & Coloured Stone.

Jailbreak radio is a project of the Community Restorative Centre, produced at Sydney‘s Radio 2SER 107.3FM.

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