June 2014

Mens Group – Karumah


At our recent Men’s Health Workshop at Karumah it was decided to have ongoing groups on men’s health. The idea is to have the groups facilitated until the group becomes self-sustaining. The next Men’s Group will be Thursday July 17th at Karumah from 10.30 to 11.30am will be facilitated by Greg Milan so come along have a cuppa and share some insights. MEN ONLY!! then join us for lunch.

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Tree of Hope – calendar events


25 June – Drop In Time (incl light lunch) 23 August – Photographic Digital Workshop (Saturday 10-4pm) 27 August – Drop In (incl. light lunch)

LIVERPOOL: 31 July – Social Gathering For more information or to RSVP please call Marg on 9509 1240 (direct) or treeofhope@catholiccare.org

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Peer to Peer

Peer to Peer

Hi Folks! A reminder about our next discussion group, Peer to Peer for poz gay men, on Thursday 12 June from 6:30pm. Come along and meet up with like-minded folks and chat about the things that matter to you. A light meal will be served, so please RSPV to Hédimo on 9206 2173. Peer to Peer is an inclusive discussion group for all gay men with HIV, no matter what age, background or length of diagnosis. It is an opportunity for HIV-positive gay men to get together and talk openly to each other about the issues that affect them in a safe and friendly environment. It is also an opportunity for guys to strengthen their friendship networks while sharing information and strategies to enhance their health and wellbeing. SURRY HILLS: 13 June – Social Gathering 11 July – Social Gathering

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Harry’s Huddle

This month’s Harry Huddle was AWESOME!!


A huge thank you to Mark “Feathers” Fowler who provided us with a fantastic afternoon and some of the best food I have had in a long time. Mark’s talent for entertaining was second to none and we all had a lovely afternoon at the Orchid Farm. I have never seen so many orchids in my life and had no idea there were so many different species. It was amazing and some of them smelt beautiful.

Besides the incredible food and company, Mark treated us to spectacular Mai Tai’s. We had some new people there and everyone got on really well. It was incredible to see everyone enjoying the sun, the afternoon and the space we have created to be together and support each other.

Harry Huddle isn’t a normal support/social/discussion group…. it is a group that cares about each other and besides discussing the challenges of living with Harry, it is incredible to be able to also celebrate the achievements we are having in our lives in spite of Harry.

I am very proud of all of us and of what we are achieving and doing with our lives and would like to thank everyone who is part of Harry Huddle for giving me, and hopefully others, a place where I belong and a place where living with, achieving in spite of and beating the consequences of Harry is normal and part of our shared lives.

Love and appreciation to you all.

Our next Harry Huddle will be at the Hale and I am yet to confirm a date but will let you all know as soon as possible.

Take care, stay well and keep on thriving!!!!


Robyn Adams

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PHH social lunch – Hornsby

Unfortunately our PHH social lunch at Hornsby has been postponed until August because it conflicted with an activity held in Sydney. We will repost the new event and dates and times.

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Friday Night BBQ


Thanks to those who braved the cold and rain to come to the BBQ last Friday night at Karumah, a good crowd turned up – the food was good (special thanks to the cook) and it was a great opportunity to catch up. These BBQ’s will be a regular event at Karumah so look out for the dates.

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Thanks to our hard working Volunteers

Thanks to one of our volunteers who put in a magnificent “Lavender Hedge” for our service users. This garden is in full bloom at the moment and brings everyone who passes it a great deal of joy both visual and from it’s beautiful perfume. The lavender was planted in the front garden over a year ago and we have benefited from the scent and colour in each season since. Grateful thanks for this sensory addition to our garden.

Another silent but consistent worker has been tidying our gardens painting tired woodwork and revitalising our outdoor entertaining area. We have freshly painted tables and chairs including new cushions and just recently a freshly painted concrete area. It looks fabulous and inviting – many thanks.

And its hard to express our gratitude to our tireless IT consultant who has been volunteering his time for over 17 years to Karumah. He will come in at any time to help out and never misses coming in on Tuesdays and Thursdays every week, he has been a member of our board for as many years and helps out in the office and on social events when needed – many thanks.

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For all the ‘Carers’

The Outreach component of my work has increased and this has highlighted that we have such a lot of PLWH who are carers for loved ones. My focus for the coming months will be to endeavour to provide some R&R for these silent hard workers and am working closely with NSW Carers to enable this. There are some enticing opportunities for self-care offered by NSW Carers, so please, if I have not yet touched base with you and you care for a loved one contact Catherine on 0490 094 268.


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It is time to renew your Karumah membership.

Fees have been reduced to $5.00 per year and this will get you discounted rates on all Karumah activities, events and workshops. Karumah members contribute to innovative and ground-breaking work in HIV prevention, health promotion, advocacy, care and support. We’re grateful for your financial support, participation in focus groups and research, volunteering, attending fundraising and other special events as well as providing valuable feedback on our services and campaigns. As a financial member you can: • Vote at the Annual General Meeting on Karumahs constitutional changes • Vote to elect the Karumah Board of Directors during annual elections • Enjoy discounted attendance at social events and workshops

Please download the forms from our website and either fill it in and scan and email through to us or post it in. You can also call in and pick up a membership renewal from Catherine.


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