Josie Sirivi, the Director of Tunaniya Open Learning Centre in Bougainville, has recorded this message of congratulations for Palms on the occasion of our Golden Jubilee. 50 years of volunteers.
While large-scale projects – roads, mobile phone towers, mines, etc. – prided by governments and corporations, capture our attention from a distance; the small, local activities are most meaningful to people’s lives.
While in the field, volunteers often have time to ponder a great variety of topics. Here, Kevin Wilson shares his reflections on cultural and national identity.
If Palms were an employment agency in Australia the organisations seeking employees with specific skills would be our clients and pay good money for the service. However, this is not simply a market driven relationship between client and service-provider.
Death always seems very close here, but as Fred Smith says “Life seems much grander too”. Many occasions lately have the stamp of history being made before our eyes.
As part of his visit to St James’ Parish, Archbishop of Sydney, George Cardinal Pell visited Palms Australia’s head office on Thursday 13th November 2008.