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2019 COMMUNITY SERVICES EXCELLENCE AWARD - ORGANISATION FINALISTS

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3zzz Geetanjali Program

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AASHA Australia Foundation

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Australia India Youth Dialogue

The Indian program "Geetanjali" is a core component of the Radio 3ZZZ which is Australia's largest ethnic community broadcast. Delivered by a select group of selfless and talented volunteers from amongst the Indian diaspora, the program's focus is reaching out to audiences and the community at large, strengthening cultural ties between Australia and India and disseminating the vast and rich arts and cultural heritage of India in the land Down Under. On one hand, Geetanjali has brought world renowned Indian musicians such as Sangeet Mishra (Saarangi), Vinod Prasanna (Flute) performing together with home-grown "tabla" players from Australia, on the other hand, the literary talents of Australia based Indian writers such as Nandita Chakraborty have been presented to audience in radio interviews.

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Hands on Journeys

Hands on journey is a tour operator taking socially-minded travellers to communities in India, Nominating for this award in recognition of the work our company has done in promoting India as a tourist destination and more particularly in taking groups of travellers to our community projects in Delhi and Jaipur. The concept of empowerment tourism with travellers crying out for more opportunities to make a positive impact when they travel, we established programs that weren’t the typical volunteer trips where foreigners swoop in, build a house and leave - the passion is working together with local communities to build a tourism experience which is sustainable. The end goal is for the community to be entirely self sufficient and have a new source of income through a tourism project uniquely suited to their needs and skills.

AASHA Australia Foundation Ltd., is a Not for Profit Charity, registered with ACN. Their focus is dementia, Elder abuse, and social wellbeing. Awareness, education, assistance, placements for day centres and carer support for CALD Communities The word ‘AASHA’ has its origins in Sanskrit, which means ‘Hope’. At AASHA Australia Foundation, we continually thrive to instil hope in the minds of seniors from South East Asian, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities. We do so by facilitating culturally appropriate aged care and related services for these community members. Our Foundation aims to bridge the gap between Australian Government Health services, Service providers and these community members.

The Australia India Youth Dialogue (AIYD) [see: www.aiyd.org] is the leading Track II bilateral young leaders annual conference. Today, in its eighth year, AIYD was born during a time when the diplomatic ties between the two countries had plunged to abysmal depths, on the back of attacks against Indian (international) students studying in Australia during May 2009.

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Pink Sari Inc 

Pink Sari Inc, is a not for profit organisation, formed by a group of committed women volunteers of Indian subcontinent heritage, following the successful venture of Pink Sari Project. Pink Sari Inc, under the leadership of President Shantha Viswanathan, has been working tirelessly in partnership with NSW Multicultural Health, Cancer Council and other partners to address the low levels of breast screening among South Asian Communities and low levels of bowel screening especially among Hindi and Tamil Speaking Communities.

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Rotary Club of Brisbane International

The Rotary Club of Brisbane International work hard to support their local community. They have been a strong supporter of Calamvale Special School P&C Association and have also helped many other groups in the area. They have planted trees in Algester Park and helped out at fundraising sausage sizzles. They have donated money to drought-affected farmers and provided hot meals for homeless people in Brisbane. The club has distributed goods to underprivileged families at Christmas and donated stationary to children in need. They have also donated new wheelchairs to people in need in Fiji.

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Samarpan Meditation Australia Inc.

IIn 2015, the founder of Samarpan Meditation, H. H. Shree Shivakrupanand Swami, visited Australia and inaugurated the centre in Melbourne. Since then they have had over 250 weekly meditation sessions in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. In addition, introduction workshops are held each month in different cities to reach local residents with over 20 workshops in the last 6 months. Each year a residential retreat is held and hosted by a city around the country. The first retreat was held in Perth in April 2017, the second one in the Grampians in October 2018 and the next retreat is planned for Brisbane in October 2019. They also have annual retreats held in India which are free to attend, generally taking place in the months of December, for a week where meditators from around the world come together to learn more on meditation and other spiritual topics. 

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SRMD Australia

SRMD Australia is the Australian branch of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur, headquartered in India; and is an ACNC registered non-profit organisation. Confirming to their motto of "Realise one's true self, and serve others selflessly", SRMD Australia has initiated various community service initiatives:
1) Official community partner of Australian Organ & Tissue Authority
2) Partner of Australian Red Cross
3) Providing food for the underprivileged 
4) Providing spiritual & Indian cultural education 
5) Successfully hosted 11 shows of hugely successful play, 
6) "TREES FOR PEACE" 

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Young Sikh Professional Network

Formed with 2012 by a team of 5 liked mined individuals, YSPN helps create the conditions for young Sikh professionals to succeed and amplify their influence. We deliver this mission by hosting professional networking events, running a mentoring program and producing content to help stimulate the national debate and promote the intellectual visibility of Sikhs. Since inception in 2012, we have grown to five active chapters across Australia and NZ and held ~85 events across six different geographies. We boast a team of 50+ volunteers, all young professionals themselves, and have 1000+ people attending our events each year.”

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