Innovative Initiatives

Yura Bada

MECA partnered with Kallico Catering, an Aboriginal-owned local business led by Nene and Darrly Brown in an initiative called ‘Yura Bada’ (people need to eat – in Darug).
The initiative provided more than 11,000 hot-cooked meals to the local Aboriginal and CALD communities per month. We were overwhelmed and grateful that 526 community members and organisations donated online to support this initiative. I also want to acknowledge the financial and logistical support we received from Deborah Hatzi, MECA’s former staff and donor, ‘In My Blood, It Runs’ film production team, Foodbank, the Hon. Ed Husic MP, Blacktown City Council and Mount Druitt Police, Transurban and LEAD Professional.  We are looking at long term solution to food security to for our community.

COVID-19 Survey Campaign

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact it was having on our communities we decided to be a part of an initiative to bring about positive change.
We launched our campaign to Stay Home, Get Tested and Vaccinated. To launch the campaign our team members, friends and family recorded a multilingual video to reach the widely diverse communities we interact with. We partnered up with NSW Health and Settlement Services Australia to conduct a survey.
The aim of the survey was to assist in identifying the vaccination status of those we could reach in NSW. We also offered question and answer sessions hosted by medical experts and advisors that were translated into several language’s to address the concerns and questions people had about Covid19 and the vaccination program. The campaign was rewarded with the allocation of a $50 e-gift voucher that was won daily via a lucky draw and a second draw after question and answer sessions to reward those that joined us virtually for their participation.

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