Social Gatherings

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To comply with caps on numbers, please enrol on U-MAS, contact the office, or phone 0490 858 469 to enrol for these informative and very relevant meetings. Thank you for being a part of U3A Bendigo.

Next Social Gathering

At 2pm, Wednesday, 25th August at St Mary’s, High Street Kangaroo Flat.
Speaker: Jennifer Shield

Strongyloides in Australia: a third world infection in a first world country.
We are very pleased to have one of our own U3A members speaking on the work she participated in over some years, that is in finding a solution to defeat the Strongyloides stercoralis parasite.

Jenny worked on intestinal parasites on and off since 1965. Most recently she was Strongyloides Project Officer for Aboriginal Resource and Development Services in north-east Arnhem Land, where her brief was to raise awareness of the disease both in Aboriginal communities and advocate on their behalf for a concerted effort by health authorities to eliminate this parasite.

Strongyloides stercoralis are tiny parasitic roundworms that cause a persistent infection. If an infected person is given medication to suppress the immune system, they multiply out of control and cause a potentially fatal hyperinfection.

They are prevalent in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, particularly in the northern two-thirds of Australia.
Entertainment after by the ukulele group,

At 2pm, Wednesday, 22 September at St Mary’s, High Street Kangaroo Flat.
Speaker: To Be Advised

Come along and enjoy this afternoon. We throw open our doors each month and hold a Social Gathering just for you! We welcome you and hope you make the most of these Social Gatherings to hear about a wide range of topics and meet up with other members and Committee Members too.
Tea – coffee and bickies are available.

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At 2pm, Wednesday, 23 June at St Mary’s Hall, High Street Kangaroo Flat.

Speaker: Margaret Keech OA 

Margaret is a board member of Bendigo Foodshare, they recently organised a very successful fund raising endeavour to build a larger warehouse to accommodate the growing demand of their food relief.

There has been a 40% increase for food relief since the pandemic began and so the necessity for larger premises. Very generous donations from all over Bendigo made the idea of a new warehouse possible. 

Bendigo Foodshare works with businesses, philanthropic donors, food manufacturers and retailers, charity partners and volunteers to address food poverty and waste in Central Victoria. Their supporters contribute more than money. Their advocacy, volunteerism and in-kind support helps them collect more surplus food which enables them to expand their services.

Please enrol on U-MAS, contact the office, or phone 0490 858 469 to enrol for this informative and very relevant session.