Religious and multicultural leaders receive covid-19 vaccine

More than 30 religious and multicultural community leaders, including our ACCF Chairman Mrs. Monica Chu have come together to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Together in unity and mutual support we can overcome this pandemic.

For further details, please click here for the media release by the Premier of NSW.

Misinformation and Truths About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The following is a community information article provided by the Australian Government:

COVID-19 vaccine misinformation
MISINFORMATION: COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous and have had serious adverse effects in recipients overseas.
FACT: The Therapeutic Goods Administration approves vaccines for use in Australia. All vaccines are thoroughly tested for safety before they are approved for use in Australia. This includes careful analysis of clinical trial data, ingredients, chemistry, manufacturing and other factors. Information on COVID-19 vaccines can be found on the TGA’s website at https://www.tga.gov.au/covid-19-vaccines
In addition to assessing every batch of COVID-19 vaccines, the Therapeutic Goods Administration monitors vaccines for safety after they are supplied in Australia. The Australian Government is also closely monitoring immunisation programs overseas, including in the UK, Germany and Norway. Together, this information will help to ensure that Australians have access to a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.
If you do experience a side effect from a vaccine, seek assistance from a health professional and report it to the TGA (1300 134 237).

MISINFORMATION: More people will die from negative side effects of the vaccine than from COVID-19 itself.
FACT: Any vaccine can cause some mild side effects. The main side effects from vaccines are some soreness, redness or swelling where you had the injection, a headache or mild fever and fatigue. Most of these can be managed with some mild pain relief and are no cause for alarm.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration – Australia’s medicines regulator – will not approve a vaccine that is not safe and effective. One of the things they are looking at very closely is severe side effects.
Australia has one of the best approval processes in the world and any medication that would cause severe negative side effects would not be approved in this country. The TGA’s job does not stop with approval. They also keep a close eye on the data coming in from overseas and the rollout here. Nothing is left to chance.
If you do experience a side effect from a vaccine, seek assistance from a health professional and report it to the TGA (1300 134 237).


MISINFORMATION: The Government is using vaccine rollout as a cover to collect/alter your DNA.
FACT: Vaccines are injected into your body, they don’t remove anything from your body and they do not alter your DNA. Some of the new COVID-19 vaccines use a fragment of Messenger RNA (mRNA) to instruct your body to make an immune response against COVID-19. The mRNA does not do anything to your DNA.

MISINFORMATION: The virus mutates so fast that a vaccine will never work.
FACT: All viruses mutate. It’s a normal part of their natural evolution and COVID-19 is no different. Based on the evidence, COVID-19 vaccines will still be effective against new variants. It may mean people need booster shots or need to be vaccinated again – like for the flu. The vaccines currently approved for use in Australia have demonstrated they are highly effective in preventing severe illness from COVID-19.

MISINFORMATION: People who have had COVID-19 and recovered don’t need to get vaccinated.
FACT: The protection someone gains from having COVID-19 varies from person to person. Because this virus is new, we don’t know how long any natural immunity might last. Even if you have already had COVID-19, you should still get the COVID-19 vaccine when you can.

MISINFORMATION: The COVID-19 vaccine contains software/microchips used for surveillance.
FACT: None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain software or microchips.

Other COVID-19 misinformation
MISINFORMATION: Children are ‘super spreaders’ of COVID-19
FACT: While younger children are known to be ‘super spreaders’ of germs and bugs generally, such as for influenza, the current evidence for COVID-19 suggests that child-to-child transmission in schools is uncommon. Further, there is no data anywhere in the world that shows that major spreading of this virus has occurred with younger children. Although it is possible, the evidence currently suggests that children are not super spreaders of the virus that causes COVID-19.

MISINFORMATION: Australia can’t obtain enough medical equipment and supplies (ventilators, masks, testing kits)
FACT: Australia has been very successful in flattening the curve, which has meant that we have avoided increasing pressure on our hospitals.
We have plenty of personal protective equipment available in Australia, with more being produced in Australia and delivered to Australia all the time. For instance, the National Medical Stockpile remains well stocked and has ordered more than half a billion masks for staggered delivery through to 2021.
Advisory committees to the Australian Government, including the Communicable Diseases Network Australia and the Public Health Laboratory Network, meet frequently to reassess the guidance on COVID-19 testing requirements, to ensure that essential testing is conducted to support our public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MISINFORMATION: Australia’s hospitals won’t be able to cope with increased demand due to COVID-19
FACT: Australia has been very successful in flattening the curve, which has meant that we have avoided increasing pressure on our hospitals. Australia has a world-class health system that is well placed to meet additional demand during the COVID-19 pandemic if required. This includes the capacity for additional hospital beds, medical equipment, supplies, and medical staff through a partnership between the Australian Government, state and territory governments and the private health sector.


MISINFORMATION: A two week lockdown will stop the spread of COVID-19
FACT: Imposing restrictions for two or three weeks and then lifting them and returning to our normal lives will not stop the spread of COVID-19.
The majority of people with COVID-19 have only mild or no symptoms. A risk of only a two-week lockdown is that people with asymptomatic COVID-19 may unknowingly expose other people to the virus when everything is opened up after the lockdown.
The best way to help slow the spread of COVID-19 is to practise good hand and respiratory hygiene, maintain physical distancing, stay at home and get tested if you feel unwell, and wear a mask if you are in an area of community transmission and physical distancing is not possible.
Our health experts will continue to monitor the number of new cases each day in Australia and where transmission is taking place. They will then make recommendations based on the evidence as to any new rules or restrictions that need to be enacted. Everyone should stay up to date with current restrictions by visiting www.australia.gov.au.

MISINFORMATION: Testing everyone will stop the spread of coronavirus
FACT: Testing does not stop the spread of the virus.
One of the fundamental pillars in the prevention and control of COVID-19 is timely, scalable and accurate diagnostic testing. Diagnostic testing plays a critical role in defining the epidemiology of the disease, informing case and contact management, and ultimately in reducing viral transmission.
However, testing negative to COVID-19 doesn’t mean you’re not at risk, or a risk to others. You can test negative to COVID-19 after you have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) but before you develop symptoms. That is why it is so important to practise good hygiene and physical distancing, and to stay at home when feeling unwell. These actions, together with targeted testing, are helping to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, reducing demand on the Australian health system.
Successful public health management of increasing case numbers and outbreaks in a region requires that testing must be carefully targeted to strike the right balance between maintaining epidemic control and protecting the sustainability of laboratory and testing site capacity.
Widespread testing of Australians showing no symptoms (asymptomatic) is strongly discouraged. This testing strategy is neither epidemiologically sound nor a cost-effective approach to identify disease transmission. The Australian Government recognises that there may be a role for asymptomatic testing in specific contexts for disease control and surveillance purposes. These contexts include outbreak settings, populations of higher risk of transmission to low incidence areas, populations at significantly higher risk of exposure, and those in high risk transmission settings who are also vulnerable to severe disease if infected.
The Australian Government continues to recommend that testing strategies, including workplace screening programs for asymptomatic people, be developed in consultation with relevant public health authorities and laboratory directors. This is to ensure the most appropriate and effective approaches are employed. For more information on the Australian Government’s position on widespread asymptomatic testing, please see the Department of Health website.

MISINFORMATION: Testing kits are not accurate
FACT: In Australia, COVID-19 tests are very accurate. All testing methods used in Australia have been comprehensively validated. They continue to be closely monitored by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and through mandatory participation in quality assurance programs that have been developed specifically for SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).
In Australia, laboratory-based polymerase chain reaction testing (PCR) is the gold standard test used to diagnose acute SARS-CoV-2 infection in your body, and requires collection of a respiratory sample to conduct the test. PCR tests are very sensitive and detect the smallest genetic fragments that are specific to SARS-CoV-2 in a respiratory sample.
Any testing technology new to Australia requires very careful assessment by the TGA to ensure the quality and reliability of results and enable its legal supply. For up-to-date information on which COVID-19 tests are included on the Australian Register of Therapeutic
Goods, please visit TGA’s website at: www.tga.gov.au/covid-19-test-kits-included-artg-legal-supply-australia.

MISINFORMATION: Coronavirus is a hoax
FACT: COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which is part of a large family of viruses that can lead to respiratory infections in both humans and animals. These infections can range from the common cold to more serious illness. COVID-19 is spread between people by droplets and via contaminated surfaces.
In Australia, the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, was the first laboratory outside China to isolate SARS-CoV-2. VIDRL shared the isolated virus with other Australian laboratories, the World Health Organization and other countries, to enable the development, validation and verification of diagnostic tests for COVID-19.
Australia is fortunate to be supported by an expert network of public and private pathology laboratories with the capability and appropriate accreditation to detect and confirm SARS-CoV-2. The ability of these laboratories to scale-up testing capacity has been essential to Australia’s success in flattening the curve and avoiding the devastating infection rates seen in other countries. Information on the number of people with COVID-19 and the number of deaths from the disease is collected in Australia and around the world. Data are published daily by the Australian Department of Health.


MISINFORMATION: Masks are ineffective and/or unsafe.
FACT: Masks, when used with other precautions such as good hygiene, physical distancing, and staying home and getting tested when unwell, help to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Like most respiratory viruses, SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is mainly spread by virus-containing droplets, which are produced when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes. Spread can also occur via contaminated surfaces. A mask can be used by a person with a respiratory viral infection, including COVID-19, with or without symptoms, to protect others by decreasing the spread of infected respiratory droplets. Masks are used by health and care workers to protect themselves when they are unable to maintain physical distancing from a person with a respiratory infection, including COVID-19.
Wearing a mask is only one step in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and is not a substitute for other precautions. It is important to continue practising good hand and respiratory hygiene, physical distancing, and staying home and getting tested when unwell.
There is no evidence that wearing a mask is unsafe or that it leads to problems such as lack of oxygen. Health care providers have worn masks for extended periods of time for many years without these problems.

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ACCF Chinese New Year Celebration Dinner 2021

On 21 February 2021, Australian Chinese Charity Foundation Inc (ACCF) celebrated the Year of the Ox at Marigold Restaurant.   The event was a much smaller event than previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In this instance we wish to apologise to our members and friends for the inconvenience and the inability to accommodate those who wished to join the celebration. 

ACCF wishes to thank our dignitaries, our guests, sponsors, donors and media friends who attended the event.

We were privileged to have the vice regal presence of Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales and Mr Dennis Wilson.  Other dignitaries included the Honourable Alex Hawke MP, Minister for Immigration, Migrant Services & Multicultural Affairs representing the Hon Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia, Mr Andrew Giles MP, Shadow Minister for Cities & Urban Infrastructure, Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs representing the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Leader of Federal Opposition, The Honourable Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Customer Service representing the Honourable Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of NSW, Ms Jodi McKay MP, Leader of NSW Opposition, The Honourable Cr Philip Ruddock AO, Mayor of Hornsby & Mrs Heather Ruddock, Mr Joseph La Posta, CEO Multicultural NSW and Cr Craig Chung, City of Sydney.

One of the major highlights of the evening was to welcome our Honorary Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley, AC QC, Governor of New South Wales, our two new Trustees Ms Milly Yang and Mr Charles Liu to join ACCF.

We also welcome our sponsors new and old who came to support ACCF.  This included:

  1. Corporate Sponsor – NAB private, represented by Mr Justin Greiner, CEO of NAB Private & JB Were & Mr Ivano Simonutti, Executive NAB Private (NSW, QLD & ACT)
  2. Diamond Sponsors – B1 Group, represented by Miss Nancy Bi & National Auto Glass Supplies Pty Ltd represented by Ms Maggie Lo and Mr Harvey Ouyang
  3. Platinum Sponsor – Elementelle Probiotics+, represented by its Managing Director Mr John Kim
  4. Gold Sponsors – Digital Dental Surgery Sydney, represented by Mr Peter Chae & Mr Tim Lee; Interactive Brokers Australia Pty Ltd, represented by Mr Darren Halse & Mr Allan Wong; Urban Stellar Pty Ltd, represented by Ms Faith Tan & Ms June He; and Vinco Architectural Hardware Pty Ltd, represented by Mr Warren & Mrs Daisy Lam.

Special thanks to our long-term Event Sponsor (since 2013), Handpicked Wines, our donors: – Mr Henry & Mrs Gloria Cheung, Mr Samuel Chu OAM and Dr Peter Wong AM and our Corporate supporters – PwC, WayIn Network Australia Inc and Mr Arthur & Mrs Rita Kwan.

The next highlight of the evening was the vigorous bidding at our charity auction.  Sincere thanks to the successful bidders – Ms Ellie Huang, Ms Milly Yang and Dr Victor Tsang.  Our guests were mesmerized by the wonderful performance of Mr Edward Lee and Mrs Regina Ma.

Our dignitaries also presented Certificates of Appreciation to major donors for the Bush Fire Appeal in 2020.  Last but not the least, the organising team in partnership with Marigold Restaurant had made a good effort in providing a COVID Safe environment for all the guests.  Thank you.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, WISHING YOU A PROSPEROUS & HEALTHY 2021

ACCF is pleased to announce the Annual ACCF Chinese New Year Celebration Dinner will be held on Sunday, 21 February 2021 at Marigold Restaurant to celebrate the Year of the Ox. Regrettably, we are not able to offer ticket sales to the wider community and all our ACCF members due to COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement in accordance with the NSW Public Health Order (no. 7) 2020.

2020 was a challenging year for all whether in Australia or elsewhere around the world. The not-for-profit sector had been particularly hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to pursue our Mission to help those in need, ACCF will take this opportunity to launch a new Sponsorship programme with corresponding advertising benefits. We also appeal to individuals to make donation pledges. The minimum pledge under this programme is $3,000 per annum (all donations to ACCF $2 or more are tax deductible).


The Foundation welcome and expressed sincere gratitude for the support ACCF received from various corporate and individual sponsors/donors. To date, the following sponsors/donors have agreed to go into partnership with ACCF to support this programme:

Corporate Sponsor
• NAB Private, we are very grateful for the support from NAB for the past 10 years.

Diamond Sponsor ($10,000 pa for 3 years)
• B1 Group
• National Auto Glass Supplies Pty Ltd

Platinum Sponsor ($5,000 pa for 1 year)
• Elementelle Probiotics+

Gold Sponsors ($3,000 pa)
• Digital Dental Surgery Sydney ($3,000 pa for 3 years)
• Interactive Brokers Australia Pty Ltd ($3,000 pa for 1 year)
• Urban Stellar Pty Ltd ($3,000 pa for 3 years)
• Vinco Architectural Hardware Pty Ltd ($3,000 pa for 1 year)

Donation Pledges (min. $3,000 pa)
• Ms Gloria & Mr Henry Cheung ($3,000 pa for 3 years)
• Mr Samuel Chu OAM ($3,000 pa for 3 years)
• Dr Peter Wong AM ($3,000 for 1year)

Special acknowledgement must be extended to PwC, WayIn Network Australia Inc and Mr Arthur & Mrs Rita Kwan, all have been supporting ACCF for many years and have taken corporate tables for this event. Sincere thanks to our event sponsor, Handpicked Wine, prize donors, our two performing artists: Mrs Regina Ma and Mr Edward Lee and Tommy Tong’s Traditional Chinese Performing Arts Centre.


For many years, ACCF is privileged that distinguished guests including many Federal and State Members of Parliament attend our events, and, on this occasion, the following dignitaries have confirmed their attendance:

  1. Her Excellency the Hon Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of NSW
  2. Mr Dennis Wilson
  3. The Hon Alex Hawke MP, Minister for Immigration, Migrant Services & Multicultural
    Affairs representing the Hon Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia
  4. Mr Andrew Giles MP, Shadow Minister for Cities & Urban Infrastructure, Shadow
    Minister for Multicultural Affairs representing the Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Leader
    of Federal Opposition
  5. The Hon Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Customer Service representing the
    Premier of NSW
  6. Ms Jodi McKay MP, Leader of NSW Opposition
  7. The Hon Cr Philip Ruddock AO, Mayor of Hornsby
  8. Mrs Heather Ruddock
  9. Mr Joseph La Posta, CEO Multicultural NSW
  10. Cr Craig Chung, City of Sydney

The ACCF management committee has put in a lot of effort in putting together a COVID Safe Plan for all event participants and we would like to acknowledge the much-needed assistance from Marigold Restaurant. Thank you.

CHRisTmas GREETINGS 2020 from ACCF

To all of our ACCF Members and Friends,

2020 has undoubtedly thrown so many unexpected challenges as we all adjusted to a new norm. We have been amazed by the positivity, generosity and support from our community.


Wish you all a safe, happy and joyful Christmas with your family and friends. We are looking forward to seeing you in 2021!