Community grant to help create awareness for cultural group

Published on 28 June 2021

Members of the South Australian Uyghur Tangritagh Women's Association

A City of Tea Tree Gully community grant will help make a big difference to the South Australian Uyghur Tangritagh Women's Association.

This group of women see themselves as the voices and faces of millions of their people who have reportedly been taken into forced labour camps and indoctrination centres in the Xinjiam region of China, sometimes known as East Turkistan.

With the plight of their people very much in mind, the SA association is working hard to offer much-needed support to each other as a local community, while trying to raise awareness of this dire situation for their people.

A $1,500 community grant to buy a printer will make their job a little easier.

“A printer will be a great help to us in raising awareness. As well as activism, the printer will be used to create educational material for Uyghur women in Adelaide and the wider community,” said Ramila Chanisheff, association president.  

Examples of how the printer will be used include re-creation of government documents in their own language, such as COVID-19, domestic violence support and legal aid information. This is particularly important for older people in their community with limited English skills. 

The association was officially registered as a not-for-profit group in February 2020 and has been operating for more than 11 years.

They also interact with the wider community, including young people, by offering mental and health wellbeing seminars and workshops.  

About 40 of the group’s 70 members live in the City of Tea Tree Gully.  To continue to service their members, the group are currently seeking a low cost meeting space in the City of Tea Tree Gully.

The printer grant was one of 19 community grants, totalling a combined $44,000 recently awarded to various groups. More details: 

• Chinese Music & Arts Inc - $2,500 – for two free multicultural musical performances for families with young children 

• Golden Grove Central Districts Baseball Club Incorporated - $2,903 – for catchers gloves, safety helmets and other baseball equipment 

• Golden Grove Lifestyle Village - $3,000 – lightweight stage for its entertainment program

• Golden Grove Lutheran Church - $2,500 – advertising, gazebos and activities for a community fete 

• Hope Valley Netball Club - $874 – competition netballs

• Modbury Sporting Club Inc. - $2,400 – line marker for oval turf managements

• National Trust of SA Tea Tree Gully Branch - $2,670 – marquees and tables for events at the Tea Tree Gully Heritage Museum 

• North East Hockey Club - $870 – equipment to stage a six-week come-and-try hockey opportunity for junior and adult players

• Northern Turners Incorporated - $1,150 - defibrillator

• Puzzles Basketball Club - $2,919 – training equipment

• Ridgehaven Calisthenics - $3,000 – training equipment

• Sports United - $7,000 – costs to establish a sporting memories program

• St Lukes Anglican Church, Modbury - $2,000 – rainwater tanks for a community garden

• Tea Tree Gully Kingfishers Masters Swimming Club - $2,144 – poolside shades, stop watches and shelving

• Tea Tree Gully Motocross Club Inc. - $2,000 – rainwater tank to use on the track and reduce dust 

• Tea Tree Gully Senior Citizens Club - $1,980 – scoreboards for indoor bowls

• Tea Tree Gully Tennis Club - $1,622 – an outdoor water bottle refilling station

• Wandana Primary School - $1,000 – assist with a NAIDOC Week celebration

The next round of community grants will open on 27 July and will close on 24 August 2021. Find out more, including how to join our mailing list.

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