Australian Fujian Association Press Release, 2016

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12noon, 4th August, Thursday 2016, Marigold Restaurant, 683 George St Sydney

With the followingcontent:  

1.   Theintroduction of newly appointed AFA executives: 

Vice Chair Hong Huang, SecretaryGeneral Dr Jonathon Hu, Vice Chair and Deputy Principal Asther Lam, AccountingAdvisor Augustine Au of Herkess & Partners 

Chartered Accountants, Financial PlannerHau Nguyen of Renaissance Wealth Advisors, Legal Advisor Bernard Tan of KeyPoint Law  

2.    Review of AFA key activities2015-2016

a)   The purchase of the AFA Clubhousevenue at Petersha, marked with a spectacular grand opening

b)   Converted part of the clubhouse to aschool venue and being accredited as a NSW community school; comprehensivedecoration work performed

c)    Played vital role in the signing ofthe MOU between Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the Chinese State Council(Qiaoban) and Western Sydney University (the Qiaoban-WSU MOU)

d)   The art exhibition attended by theheads of states, celebrating the 35th year of the Fujian-Tasmaniasister-state in both China and Australia were made possible with AFA PresidentJosephine Lam’s personal donation of A$20000

e)    A successful 2015 AFA-Qiaoban WinterCamp. 

f)     A successful 2016 Chinese New YearCelebration attended by many VIPs


3.    Prospective activities 2016-2017

a)   Following the Qiaoban-WSU MOU: WSU hascompleted the training course for Qiaoban; 30 Chinese teachers sponsored byQiaoban will undertake the training course at WSU

b)   The opening and introduction of AFATasmania. Executive Chairman Jason Xu, Honourable Chairman Douglas Lowe (Ex Tasmaniangovernor, the founder of Tasmanian-Fujian relationship),  honourable advisor Tong Hope (renownedTasmanian writer and historian), honourable business advisor Dr Ian Whitehouse,vice executive chairman Zhiming Hu, and financial advisor Fan Hu 

c)    The hosting of Qiao Pi exhibition fromthe Fujian provincial government, at the AFA Clubhouse on 20 September 2016;the exhibits will remain in the Clubhouse

d)   A total of 120 students will betraveling to China under the AFA brand in the latter half of 2016; 80 of themhas lodged their applications; the destination for 40 of them (12-18 year olds)will be announced soon

e)    2016 WSU-AFA exchange program; 15 WSUstudents will undertake study tour sponsored by DFAT and lead by the AFASecretary General. 

f)     The opening ceremony of AFA FujianProvince in September 2016. 

g)    The establishment of Australian FujianYouth Association, based on the success of a Chinese sociology bridging courseparticipated by 100 Australian Youth.

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