by Cara Zelas
On a beautiful spring morning, on May 3rd, AWNY’s patron Mrs. Kerry Minchin kindly invited a small group of AWNY members to connect, network and mingle in the outside courtyard of the Australian Consul-General’s residence at Beekman Place. It was a lovely morning tea, filled with Aussie delights surrounded by new spring flowers, sunshine and engaging conversation.
After countless lamingtons, Tim Tams and cups of tea, Mrs. Minchin, wife of the Consul-General, The Hon Nick Minchin, asked the guests to gather around, as she wanted to highlight an important issue that is lacking for the Australian community in New York. She brought attention to the fact that Australia did not have any kind of space or building in New York City that could be used for events, to showcase Australian businesses or to fly the Aussie flag. The Beekman and Sutton Place areas are populated by buildings from countries from all over the world, which expatriates can call a home away from home and where they fly their flags proudly and hold events as appropriate. Mrs Minchin is on a mission to create an Australia House in NYC and asked for AWNY support.
The main question from attendees was how could we get involved to assist this campaign. Mrs. Minchin asked if AWNY members could advocate their support through different social media platforms. She hopes that Australians in New York can lead the charge once they head back to Australia. We will keep you posted as how you can further support this cause!
Belinda Jackson, AWNY’s President extended a very big thank you to Mrs. Minchin for the Consul-General’s hospitality and for opening their home for many AWNY committee meetings and get-togethers.
From the Australia Women in New York community, we wish all the best to the out-going Consul-General and their family.
To see more photos from the event, check out this Facebook album.
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