MEDIA RELEASE

DATE: Friday 9th May 2016

INSPIRATIONAL SURVIVAL STORIES
TO BE SHARED AT MAITLAND REGIONAL ART GALLERY

The smallest act of kindness makes a significant difference

Courage to Care, which is coming to the Maitland Regional Art Gallery in June 2016, is a travelling exhibition and educational outreach program. The exhibition demonstrates the importance of standing up to prejudice wherever it occurs and that each person can make a difference in the creation of a harmonious society.

 Courage to Care features Holocaust survivors’ as living historians recounting their rescue stories to provoke conversations about social justice and bystander intervention. It highlights historical acts of courage in order to create an understanding of how every individual has the ability to stand up to racism and discrimination.

As one Year Six student commented at a previous exhibition, “It made me realise how brave they were to have the courage to do that so now I will not be a bystander – I will stand up for what is right.”

The exhibition will be running from the 5th June – 17th July, with primary and secondary school students from around the Hunter region experiencing a free guided tour of the exhibition, and an opportunity to hear personal testimonies of bravery and endurance from a Holocaust survivor. Students will also participate in an engaging discussion that demonstrates the relevance of the exhibition in today’s society.

 The exhibition will be formally launched at 11am on Sunday 5th June by Councillor Peter Blackmore, Mayor of the City of Maitland and Andrew Havas OAM, Chairman of Courage to Care (NSW).

Courage to Care will also be honouring the contribution of Woodberry resident and local hero, Dawn Field – better known as Aunty Dawn – a highly-respected Aboriginal elder who has focused most of her life in Maitland to delivering key community outreach projects for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents.

Her community-led association, the Woodberry Red Belly Blacks Inc., was recognised by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, NAIDOC and the Maitland City Council for their community initiatives to improve school attendance and learning and support young parents through various community programs.

Admission to Courage to Care is free and information about school programs or making a booking is available by calling (02) 9321 6300. There are limited sessions left so please book soon. Alongside school bookings, Courage to Care also runs special guided tours and adult programs, and other children focused initiatives. The exhibition, which runs until 17th July, is open to the public during gallery hours.

 

For further information go to: www.couragetocare.com.au.

 

For media enquiries contact:

Andrew Havas OAM, Chairman Courage to Care NSW, 0417 240 029, andrew@couragetocare.com.au

Freyja Dixon, Courage to Care NSW, 02 9321 6300, pa@couragetocare.com.au

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