Almost two weeks ago, our DCSSA office have been busy preparing and putting together our SGM (Special General Meeting) and AGM (Annual General Meeting). They were posted out to all our members on Tuesday 15th August 2017. Have you received yours?
If you haven't received it, maybe you have moved home? Change address? Or did not provide your address on your membership form initially? Or.... your membership ran out and you did not renew it? Then you need to contact the DCSSA office and give Kylie your updated contact details.
If you prefer to receive information by email, this is fine as we usually do this. It is important to know that only 24% of our current members did not provide their email address. If you do not have an email address, you can still provide an alternative email address, perhaps your parents? your children? your friend? any of them will be happy to receive it and passed it over to you? Or you can set one up! After all, they are free.
For those members that have email address on our database, if you have received something from us in the past, great! But if you haven't received anything for a long time, then perhaps your email address may have changed? Either ways, please contact the DCSSA office and give Kylie your update contact details.
See you at the SGM (click here for more details) or AGM (click here for more details)!
Mark Friend is a 28 year-old Deaf squash player from Adelaide and at one point he was ranked number 3 at the World Deaf Squash Championships.
Unfortunately he had an accident in a swimming pool in February this year which resulted in damage to his neck and he was hospitalised and declared a quadriplegic.
After a few months he was transferred to the Hampstead Centre for rehabilitation to teach him mobility and how to live life independently. Unfortunately Mark suffered from depression as a result of this accident.
This is not the only time Mark has been hospitalised as he has had over 30 facial surgeries when he was a child.
The Deaf Community wants to help Mark buy the equipment he needs to give him a better quality of life. One way we are doing this is holding a fundraising event on September 9, 2017 at the Deaf Club, the Night of Superheroes! To buy your tickets, go to this page: www.dcssa.com.au/buy-your-tickets-here.html
For more about Mark, see here for a news item that was published in The Advertiser on 3th of May, on page 40.
Please join us and have fun and meet Mark there!!!
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The April edition of DCSSA Connect is out now! It's only available to members so if you are a current member and haven't got it, please let us know.
We've got the fantastic Darts competition between SA and Vic coming up. This will be the biggest and best Deaf event over the Queens Birthday long weekend! So come along to one of our events over this weekend!
From Johanna Plante, Event Coordinator
I thought I'd touch base with you to let you know about the latest Deaf community sporting event in which I've become involved - the World Deaf Rugby 7's Australia 2018 tournament being held in Sydney, Australia 22 - 26 April 2018. I'm the volunteer Event Coordinator.
I've been working on organising this with the Australian Deaf Rugby Union Committees in cooperation with World Deaf Rugby and various overseas Deaf rugby teams since November 2016, and we finally have the basic infrastructure for the event in place. And there seems to be great enthusiasm and excitement about the event from Deaf rugby teams and players across the globe.
The event will include National teams from a range of overseas countries, Australian State/Territory teams and several combined World and Australian "Barbarian" teams for players who are not able to participate as members of a National or State/Territory team. We want all Deaf and hard of hearing rugby players to have an opportunity to participate.
Deaf rugby 7's teams and individual players from countries around the world have already indicated their interest in coming to Sydney for the event including from England, Wales, Italy, Argentina, New Zealand, Japan, Fiji and South Africa. We're also hoping to find ways for other countries to attend including neighbouring nations such as Samoa and Tonga as well as those further afield such as Hong Kong and Cambodia.
The World Deaf Rugby 7's Australia 2018 event is being organised, managed and run by a small team of volunteers drawn from the Australian Deaf Rugby Union Committees.
Our WDR 7's Website https://www.worlddeafrugby7s.com/ provides detailed information about all aspects of the event. We also have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/worlddeafrugby/.
I've attached a copy of our wonderful Poster - please feel free to disseminate it far and wide! We are keen for as many Deaf and hard of hearing people as possible - and their hearing families and friends - to know about this unique opportunity to be part of what is shaping up to be an amazing international Deaf Rugby 7's tournament.
Signs of Circus!
Tell all your friends with deaf children. CirKidz are holding an Auslan event for deaf children. See poster below for more details.