The Catholic Burmese community living in Melbourne, the AMIG, hosted a dinner dance for the victims of the recent flooding in Burma at the Lakeside Stadium at Salesian College in Sunbury.
The event hosted on 31st October was attended by a large number of people including many long term supporters of Burma like Br Michael Lynch SDB Director of the Salesian Missions Office, Mr. Kevin Meese the Director of the Melbourne Catholic Missions Office, the locals, and many friends of the Burmese community.
Ms Mu Laing Thein from ABC Burmese Program was the MC of the evening. She has done an amazing job juggling between languages. The cultural entertainments during dinner was the highlight of the evening. A variety of different dances of Burma, and songs sung in different languages were truly amazing. On top of that many cultural items were on sale to get as much money as possible for the poor of Burma.
Three seminarians studying at Corpus Christi Seminary in Melbourne also played a very important role running a few fun games to have raised a few hundred dollars for their mother country.
On behalf of the victims in Burma, Fr Raphael Klein, the chaplain of Burmese Catholics in Melbourne, thanked all participants and contributors at the conclusion of the evening. This fun-filled fundraising night was then concluded with a lively Kachin Ma Naw dance by all participants.
It was a very happy gathering for all those present making a difference for the lives of the poor in Burma. The AMIG is also very grateful to the generous support of St. Marys Salesian Community, the Salesian Provincial Fr Greg Chambers, Sunbury Salesian Community, and a good number of kind individuals.
Currently, the Burmese Catholic Community gathers once a month for Eucharist and a shared meal at St Peter’s in Hoppers Crossing on every second Sunday of each month.
This same community is looking forward to celebrating an all-day pre-Christmas gathering at Salesian College in Sunbury on Sunday 13th December, 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM. All are welcome, please bring a plate, a Christmas spirit and one little gift to share!