Holocaust survivor Tom Fleming is 73 and his days as a six-year-old in a concentration camp are far behind him. But the memories have never really faded. His mind is still full of sharp detail about h...
Gold Coast Local Hero Kaitlin Barwick meets her banner.
At only 16 years old Kaitlin founded Squad Eleven, a group of high school students who carry out selfless acts of kindness around the Gold Coast as a way of encouraging teenagers to be active in the community. The group was founded in 2018 after Kaitlin identified that some teenagers did not have the confidence or means to be proactive in their own community. The group currently has 25 - 30 members ranging from years 7 to year 12.
This year Kaitlin is in her final year of high school at Varsity College, Secondary Campus on the Gold Coast. Her amazing Squad have participated in the cleaning up of Lake Orr, volunteer at a local retirement home and have raised money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the ‘Brissie to the Bay 100km Bike Ride.’ They meet once a month to discuss ideas and network, building the confidence of its members to volunteer effectively. Kaitlin proves that everyone, young and old, can make a difference to their community by taking action. Her message of kindness has spread to others.
Her advice is: “When people pressure you to change who you are, to change your morals and to change your beliefs...stand strong... be courageous... and be YOU! Dream big, create change and throw kindness like its confetti, because you can be somebody else’s inspiration.”
Kaitlin received the 2019 award for Gold Coast Young Citizen of the Year for her work and leadership in the community. She is currently one of four finalists in a leadership category for the Seven News Queensland Young Achievers Award. ... See MoreSee Less
The Courage to Care Gold Coast 2019 Exhibition was officially launched yesterday. The day began with a Welcome to Country performed by a local Yugambeh man Anthony Cora. Guest speakers included Commissioner Scott McDougall of the Anti-Discrimination Commission of Queensland and our Local hero Kaitlin Barwick, 2019 Gold Coast Young Citizen of the Year and founder of Squad Eleven. These speakers inspired the crowd and echoed Courage to Care's message that "Every person can make a difference".
Big thanks to Gold Coast Hebrew Congregation, Queensland Jewish Board of Deputies, the Queensland Community Foundation and all our supporters and donors who helped make this happen.
We still have a few more spots available for schools who want to book in. The exhibition is open to general public Mon-Thursday 2:30-5pm. ... See MoreSee Less
Local Hero for the 2019 Courage to Care Gold Coast exhibition is Kaitlin Barwick. Kaitlin created a group called Squad Eleven, designed to get young people involved with the community. Here she is featured in the Inspire part of the Gold Coast Bulletin. Well done Kaitlin. ... See MoreSee Less
Head of Courage to Care Queensland, Kayla Szumer will be interviewed on J-Air this Wednesday morning the 29/05/2019 at 9:20. She will talk about our upcoming exhibition on the Gold Coast in June and about her own experiences working with Courage to Care. Click the link below to tune in tomorrow: j-air.com.au/... See MoreSee Less
This is an article from last year but worth sharing. Gerda Cohen, one of Courage to Care's survivors, tells the haunting story of the conversation that saved her life. It happened between her frantic mother and an SS officer, during the Nazi roundup of Jews in Poland in 1942. ... See MoreSee Less
Courage to Care would like to express our deepest sympathies on the sad passing of Lena Goldstein OAM. Lena was one of our cherished Holocaust survivors and had turned 100 earlier this year. She attended many of our regional exhibitions and told her story of survival to thousands of school children - all were moved deeply.
This is a picture of Lena at our recent 20 Year Celebration and one of her also at the age of 20.
Lena will be greatly missed. We wish her family a long life. ... See MoreSee Less
Zikaron BaSalon a joint program between Courage to Care and Shalom is happening this wednesday. You can still join one of the events by following linking below and registering. bit.ly/ZikaronBaSalon... See MoreSee Less
Courage to Care is holding it's annual fundraiser and this year its a lunch at parliament house. The guest speaker is Justice Stephen Rothman AM, Justice of the NSW Supreme Court. This should be a great event. Tickets are limited so hurry, book now. To Book a table, follow the link www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=460449&... See MoreSee Less
Zikaron BaSalon is happening again this year in Sydney on Yom Hashoah, 1st May and Courage To Care will be co-presenting the program with Shalom. Follow the link to to see what this program is all about.
Courage to Care is horrified by the violence and tragic loss of life and injury to the Muslim community in Christchurch. We condemn the actions of this extremist who has caused such suffering and loss. There is no place in our communities for such hatred, discrimination and violence.
Courage to Care's mission of “living in an informed peaceful society, with understanding and respect for all minority groups” is now even more essential. We are committed to creating awareness of the dangers of discrimination, injustice and prejudice through our educational programs in classrooms, workplaces and with travelling exhibitions. ... See MoreSee Less