The Australia China Friendship Society is a voluntary non-profit organization which aims to promote friendship and understanding between the peoples of Australia and China. We have been in existence in the ACT for over 40 years. The Society holds regular meetings covering a wide range of activities, which includes guest speakers, films, dinners, conversation evenings for informal Chinese/English practice and celebration of the Lantern Festival. A newsletter keeps members informed of coming activities and provides general information on issues relating to China.
We also promote and encourage an awareness of China in schools. Each year the Panda Competition is run for primary schools whereby children are asked to a drawing or painting on a particular subject. This year the topic is ‘Chinese Musical Instruments’. For secondary schools and Colleges the Society makes two awards: one for the most proficient student and one for the most improved student at each government school teaching Mandarin.
We support students at several Project Hope (an organisation that helps to keep disadvantaged students in China at school) schools in the remote mountainous region of Beijing and conduct a number of fund raising activities to fund this support.
Our major event each year is the Lantern Festival which includes a lantern-making workshop. The workshop is very popular and we have a hand-made lantern competition at the Festival.
President: Carol Keil
Secretary: Tanja Naeher
Treasurer: Neil Birch
Bulletin editor: Jean Norman
Committee Members: John Wong, Teck Lee, Alex Olah