2020 Annual General Meeting

Following the Annual Meeting of Patrons & Trustees and Annual General Meeting of Members on 2 August 2020, a new Management Committee and Council Board for 2020/21 was elected as well as appointment of the external auditor.

Due to new COVID-19 restrictions that became effective as of 24 July 2020, the meetings were conducted via webcast as well as physical attendance of limited number of members (who carried proxies on behalf of those who were not able to attend).  The two meetings were being recorded by Zoom.  All members of ACCF and interested parties can access the official video via the following website:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ce7uyutwy42g02l/AAAHG9l9irRz2q6nxHAhoAzka?dl=0

For the full list of our elected Management Committee and Council Board for 2020/21, please head to our Media Release section of the website below:

Congratulations to The hon cr philip ruddock ao and mr phuoc THANG tran oam

On 8 June 2020, the Governor-General announced the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List, recognising the achievements of some great Australians.  ACCF is very proud and delighted that two important members of our Foundation was on this honour list.

Congratulations to our Honorary Vice-Patron, The Hon Cr Philip Ruddock AO, Mayor of the City of Hornsby

The Hon Cr Philip Ruddock was awarded the Officer of the Order (AO) for his distinguished service to the people and Parliament of Australia, and to local government.  The Hon Cr Philip Ruddock has been a strong supporter of ACCF for more than 20 years.  He has always taken time out of his busy schedules to support ACCF.  In recent years – 2004 Tsunami Appeal, 2013 Sichuan Earthquake Appeal, 2105 Deb Bailey Foundation Inc, 2018/19 “We Stand as One with Local Farmers – Dilly Drought Drive” Fundraising Appeal and so on. 

Congratulations to Mr Phuoc Thang Tran OAM

Mr Phuoc Thang Tran was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in recognition for his service to the Community, especially in elderly service and his achievements in the development of traditional Chinese medicine.

Mr Tran’s achievements are as follows:

  • A Trustee of ACCF since 1990 and is a Council Board Member of the Foundation from 2009 to date;
  • In 2001, Mr Tran was one of the founders of the Indochinese Elderly Hostel and has now changed its name to Indochinese Aged Care Services.  Since its inception Mr Tran has been actively involved in the organisation – he was the Vice-Chairman (2004-2005, 2019), Chairman (2012-2013),  Mr Tran was on the Board of Directors since 2016 and  a Fundraising committee member & a committee member of the elderly group from 2005 to date;
  • Honorary President of the Chinese Medicine Industry Council of Australia from 2009 to date; and
  • In 1985 he and his business partner opened the first Chinese Medicine Shop in Sydney named Chinese Ginsengs & Herbs Co (中華蔘茸國藥行).

ACCF wishes to extend our best wishes to both the Hon Cr Philip Ruddock AO and Mr Phuoc Thang Tran OAM and may their good work continue to flourish.

REPORT ON THE ACCF COVID-19 SPECIAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Australian borders were closed to all non-residents on 20 March 2020 and social distancing rules were imposed on 21 March 2020.  The Government was in emergency mode to help those in sudden financial hardship. While financial support was provided to many, international students were not qualified for Government assistance because of their residential status.  These international students who are stranded in Australia away from their hometowns, often have lost their casual jobs and are unable to sustain basic living expenses as a result of the pandemic.  Upon hearing this and despite being financial constrained ourselves, ACCF offered to help the international students in this challenging time. Accordingly, “The ACCF COVID-19 Emergency Assistance for International Students” was launched on 29 April 2020, at the peak of the pandemic in Australia.    

This project was successfully implemented with the support of our partner community organisations:

  1. Metro Assist,
  2. The NSW Spanish & Latin American Association for Social Assistance Inc.;
  3. Uniting Harris Community Centre;
  4. Counterpoint Multicultural Services;
  5. Advance Diversity Services; and
  6. Australian Indian Sports Educational & Cultural Society Inc.

We are pleased to inform our members, donors, sponsors and stakeholders that this meaningful project successfully concluded on 22 May 2020, helping more than 100 international students from around the world. The diversity of the students was especially important to us to show the community spirit of ACCF.

We are also especially thankful to the following generous donors, who gave donations in response to the call for support on this project:

  1. Way In Network Australia Inc
  2. Dr Michael T Houang
  3. Queenie Pan
  4. Chi Fan Wong
  5. Ada Wong

 As the social distancing rules relax, our lives are slowly returning to normality, it is important to practise good hygiene and follow the new rules for public gatherings, quarantine and isolation.

Thank you all for your support.

FACE MASKS DONATION

The community has demonstrated solidarity and resilience to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In recent weeks ACCF have been working in partnership with generous donors of face masks to frontline workers and vulnerable community groups.

  1. Sydney Jiangmen Wuyi Business Association donated 1,000 face masks to Australian Nursing Foundation Ltd
  2. Anonymous donor donated 1,000 face masks to Indochinese Aged Care Services
  3. Guangzhou Guoding Trading Co Ltd donated 6,500 face masks to the following community organisations:
    • Lee’s Learning Centre
    • Kogarah Community Centre
    • Royal Institute of Deaf & Blind Children
    • Metro Assist
    • Uniting Harris Community Centre
    • Counterpoint
    • Advance Diversity Services
    • NSW SLASA
    • AISECS
    • Immigrant Women’s Speakout Association
    • Nepalese Australian Association

ACCF COVID-19 Special Financial Assistance for International Students

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, ACCF has decided to launch “ACCF COVID-19 Special Financial Assistance for International Students” programme.

The objective of this project is to offer short term emergency assistance to International students who are stranded in Australia away from their hometowns, lost their casual jobs and are unable to sustain basic living expenses as they are not qualified for any Australian Government assistance as a result of the pandemic.

Application for this Special Financial Assistance can be made from one of the following organisations (please refer to our website www.accfnsw.org for more details):

  1. Metro Assist
  2. The NSW Spanish & Latin American Association for Social Assistance Inc.
  3. Uniting Harris Community Centre
  4. Counterpoint Multicultural Services
  5. Advance Diversity Services
  6. Australian Indian Sports Educational & Cultural Society Inc.

As a start, each of the above organisations will be granted $3,000 for this programme.  Provision of additional funding is subject to resource availability.

Application Terms & Conditions

  • Applicant must hold a valid student visa;
  • Applicant must be a first-time applicant for this programme;
  • Applications must be made through one of the above organisations

The Amount of Special Financial Assistance is $300.

Click here for application details.

For further information on this project, please contact via email:

  1. Ms Cecilia Tsai, Funds & Grants Assessment Committee Chairman cecilia.tsai@accfnsw.org
  2. Ms Tury To, Funds & Grants Assessment Committee tury.to@accfnsw.org