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SSC Newspaper : May 2013
Martial arts for Kids and adults 1st floor, 10-12 Parramatta Rd, Homebush. Opp imo Car Wash on George St, North Strathfield call now 9743 5757 oR 0412 851 302 www.tkdworld.com.au learn self defence Senior classes, High school and Group Training auSTRalia’S PRemieR Taekwondo club leaRn confidence diSciPline concenTRaTion niKe uniforM & 2 weeKs training free *conditions apply taeKwondo world Martial arts 22 Strathfield Scene may 2013 people “I moved here in a time when a lot of immigrants from Hong Kong were arriving and they needed a support network.” – Hudson Chen, NSW Premier’s Multicultural Community Medal winner. What kind of community Work have you done? I’ve helped with local government campaigns, I’ve helped with community fairs, but mainly, I do a lot of work in the Chinese community. When I moved back permanently from Hong Kong (I studied at the University of New South Wales), I was involved in helping the Teochew community settle in by setting up English language programs, and helping them find jobs and homes. hoW did you get involved? It was a way for me to give something back as God has given me so much. The first initiative I was involved in was helping establish Catholic churches for the Chinese, as well as language schools for Cantonese speakers. I moved here in a time when a lot of immigrants from Hong Kong were arriving and they needed a support network. do you Work With an organiSed charity? I’m the director of the Australian Chinese Charity Foundation. We collect capital funds and put them into an account to generate interest. With that interest, we donate money to several different Australian charities. We organise events such as our annual Chinese New Year dinner where we invite a range of dignitaries who always give generously. Who do you help? We have raised $30,000 for the Victor Chang foundation, and every year we give about 10 tonnes of rice and a year’s worth of tissues to a number of charities that deal with kids living on the streets. Last year we gave about $80,000 to 21 different foundations. If there is a natural disaster, we always hold benefits and fundraisers to help the victims. In the past, we’ve donated money to the victims of the Victorian bushfires, the tsunami in Thailand, the earthquake in Japan and many other disasters. tellS uS about one of the moSt reWarding caSeS More than two years ago, there was a student who came to study an agricultural course in Australia and he was staying at a farm in Coffs Harbour, NSW. He was involved in an accident where he was run over by a tractor and became a paraplegic. When the foundation heard about his story, we raised money for his medical bills and to fly his parents from China to take care of him. We managed to help him find a job and we also lobbied the government for him to become a permanent resident in Australia. Now we are trying to get his parents residency so they can stay and take care of him. Leading light for the Chinese community We have raised $30,000 for the Victor Chang foundation, and every year we give about 10 tonnes of rice and a year’s worth of tissues to a number of charities. HUDSON CHEN, 71 A retired radiologist, Mr Chen has lived in Strathfield for 30 years. He has been awarded the NSW Premier’s Multicultural Community Medal for his services to the Chinese community. ALLAGESALLFITNESSLEVELSSUNDAY23JUNEFRESHWATERPARKSTRATHFIELDFORMOREINFORMATIONORTOREGISTERVISITWWW.COOKSRIVERFUNRUN.COM.AU2KMKIDSRUN5KMRUN5KMWALK10KMRUN