WLCU Sydney raised and allocated over $120,000 in its first financial year. This was made possible by the generosity of members, friends and sponsors. This article provides an update on where funds have gone as well as an update on WLCU Sydney achieving charitable status. Our next step is registering for DGR status, which will allow donors to receive a tax deduction for donations.
During late July 2021 our World President WLCU, Mr Stephen Stanton, presented to the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL), Ms Joanna Wronecka. World President Stanton affirmed the WLCU’s commitment and responsibility to co-ordinate and co-operate with the United Nations (UN) and the UNSCOL, and the need for the UN to undertake determinative diplomacy.
Australian-born Lebanese, Michleen runs a marketing agency, Click Click Marketing that services global tech-giants across the Asia Pacific. She has witnessed the intensifying effects of Lebanon’s unemployment on her village, Hakel El Azime.
With heavy hearts and great sadness, we extend our condolences on the passing of the late Tony Saad, former WLCU NSW President and Regional Secretary of the Australia and NZ GRC. May his soul rest in peace.
The WLCU Sydney is very proud to announce that four of our Members have received the prestigious Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the recent June 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honour role. Also the WLCU Sydney acknowledges Mr Michael Rizk, a friend of the WLCU and valued member of the Australian Lebanese community.
The WLCU Sydney has a Main Committee as well as a specialised Youth Committee which is predominantly focussed on catering to the interests and supporting the needs of the younger generations of our community.
On the balmy Thursday evening of 16 June, the WLCU hosted its first-ever expatriate event. Hi! Keefna? Ça Va? The name of the soiree is the traditional Lebanese greeting, that we as part of the Lebanese diaspora are tickled with whenever we visit the golden shores of the motherland.
The 2020 graduating class were celebrated with an exceptional first HSC Distinguished Achievers Awards event. Each of the recipients should feel enormously proud and be hopefully driven to continue this excellence in coming years, their careers and in life. We look forward to continuing this annual recognition of the great accomplishments of the young Lebanese Australians for many years to come.
The World Lebanese Cultural Union Sydney Incorporated (WLCU) hosted the Elite Performance Function on Friday, 26 March 2021 at Doltone House, Darling Island. The function was a fundraising event in support of the Lebanese Rugby League Team who will be competing later this year in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup and also to send aid to those still affected by the Lebanese tragedy at Beirut Port.