News: Past meets present to re-inspire our shared values

The Inaugural Palms Solidarity Awards and Fundraising Dinner connected people around an idea we all share: the all-inclusive value of Solidarity. The words of returnee Monica Morrison (right) and these great photographs from Terence Ho, who volunteered his professional services on the night, encapsulate the many expressions of appreciation we received.

“Please pass on my thanks to all members of the Palms team who made last night so wonderful. I am sure that everyone who was there would agree with me that it was a magical mix of gracious and interesting company, a spectacular venue and an emotional journey from the past into the future. At my table were two girls who had slept in “my bed” at Margie Beck’s in Bacau. This of course made me want to hop on the next plane heading for Dili.

Everyone was very interested to hear about the volunteer experience.”

“It was also good to see my friend from ACU again after so many years, and she said “We should get you to come and talk to our students.” The whole night emphasised just how much we are all connected over place and time, which led to a wonderful warm feeling of belonging.”

“Kind regards and congratulations to all,”

Enjoy our photos below, or visit our full photo album at facebook.

Palms' patrons Gary Stone and Jose Ramos Horta with Palms' president Benjamin Oh (centre)
Loretta and Catherine McGrath and Naomi Shaw
The Solidarity Choir performs
Making a donation
Aunty Janice Kennedy welcomed all to country
Mary Gilchrist receives a Solidarity Award and tais from Timorese Ambassador, Abel Guterres
Mim Buchhorn and Master of Ceremonies, Indira Naidoo
Margaret O’Shea, Judith Lawson and Roger O’Halloran
Palms' office volunteers, Jose and Tatiana
Australian Catholic University staff: E/Prof. Tony d’Arbon, Colleen Malone, Prof. Marea Nicholson, Dr Ramos Horta, Prof. Jan Seruga (rear), Annalise Vogel, A/Prof. Shawn Somerset, Dr Marie Quinn
Benjamin Oh, Drago and Leonie Fehir, Greg Cumming, Bridgette and Dr Paul Barrett;
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Friendships grow between people of different backgrounds and cultures because they meet as persons, not because they share a common heritage.
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