150 Years of Sibelius, and Christmas Lunch


On Monday the 7th of December 2015, we celebrated what would have been Sibelius’s 150th birthday the next day, and finished it all off with a traditional Christmas lunch smorgasbord.

Over 80 people attended the event, which included some history about the life of Jean Sibelius (thank you to Anneli Rickards for the interesting facts and presentation), arguably Finland’s most loved composer from the turn of last century, when his famous opus 26 – Finlandia – was written. We viewed a short video on his life and music, and sang together his Finlandia Hymn – accompanied on the piano by one of our young volunteers, James, who played rather nicely considering he had not ever seen this music up until 3 weeks before the event!

A table of plenty awaited the guests while raffle prizes were won, and even Santa and his little helper arrived to hand out treats to all. This was followed by singing of Christmas carols, accompanied by our long time Yuletide helper, Ms Minna Ikonen on piano (and finished off with her special rendition of the 12 days of Christmas – Finnish style!).

Our Estonian friends were invited as our special guests to join us for this event, and together we sang and laughed and ate fabulous food til our tummies groaned, with just enough room for a good cup of Finnish coffee and a little something sweet to go with it.

With smiles all around, we farewelled everyone with a hug and lots of good cheer, and look forward to a peaceful and safe lead up to Christmas and the holiday season that follows.

Thank you to the staff and volunteers and friends who helped out in any way to make our special event a wonderful success, and to the Multicultural Council of Victoria who helped to support the event.


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Fishing excursion

ffvsLokakuun viimeisenä Tiistai-aamuna oli innokas porukka menossa kalastusretkelle Australian Trout Famille Macclesfieldissa. Pikkubussi kuljetti porukkaa kauniin vuoriston ympäristöön, ja matka kesti vähän yli tunnin.

Aurinko välillä paistoi lämpimästi, makkarat paistoi BBQ’lla, komeita kaloja tuli monille ihmisille, ja lopussa vauhdikas Molkyn peli.

Paivan lopussa kun saavuimme takaisin Altonaan, ja bussikuskille taputuksen jalkeen, moni kysyivat “milloin on seuraava matka ja mihin me olemme menossa?!”

Jos sinulla on ideoita mihin päiväretkille haluat osallistua, ota yhteys meihin.

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Fire Safety talk


On Monday the 3rd of June, we were delighted to welcome Dave from the local MFB (Metropolitan Fire Brigade) to provide an informative talk on fire safety. The presentation was entertaining and after a brief history of the MFB Dave captivated the audience with important safety tips within the home including: placement and maintenance of smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, deadlocks, electrical power boards, flammable materials and heating devices.

Dave passed around some items for people to have a hands-on look at some of the equipment used around the home, but most impressive was a shiny brass helmet which was in use up until 1973.

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The program was followed by a program of gentle exercise and a warming lunch befitting the cool weather of the season.

‘Aivoriihi’ programs run on the first Monday of every month, and our next event will be held on 1 July at Sanctuary Lakes Hotel for a buffet lunch: Christmas in July. More information in our events calendar.

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Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

On Monday, 20 May 2013, Hellevi Vesalainen hosted an event to raise money for Cancer research.
Our “Australia’s BIGGEST MORNING TEA” event raised $91.25, and the clients were treated to freshly brewed coffee, cinnamon buns (pulla), and other treats.

A very big THANK YOU for all the donations from our lovely clients!


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World’s Greatest Shave

ffvsffvsOn Monday, the 18th of March, one of our support workers had her head shaved in order to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.

Here is Hellevi, before and after the shave, which one of our co-coordinators, Maarit, was more than happy to perform.

Good on you, Hellevi, for being so brave!







To make a donation to the Leukaemia Foundation, visit their website at www.leukaemiafoundation.org.au, or go to www.worldsgreatestshave.com.



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