Chatswood Oval was transformed on 17 November when community housing provider, Link Housing brought together more than 1500 of its residents, staff, partners, local community members and friends, to celebrate its 35-year milestone of providing safe and affordable community housing to the most vulnerable in our community.
One of the aims of the free, 35 Year Birthday festival was to connect the general public to the ‘heart’ of community housing; people could chat with our residents, staff, and the many partners who had information stands on the day.
At the festival, attendees felt the energy of an interactive traditional dance from Uncle Terry Olsen, after receiving a Welcome to Country by Ann Weldon from Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.
In between the activities and stalls – the stage provided non-stop entertainment with songs from the With One Voice Sydney Sings, a performance from a Grammy Award winning staff member, Maddie, and Sarah Breden – as well as the ‘Link Has Talent’ talent show that was judged by the audience with the help of Santa.
See all photos in the 35 Year Birthday festival Facebook Album.
We were proud to give out a record number of tenant scholarship awards, to the value of $120,000, to help our residents learn new skills, develop existing talents, take courses and complete their studies.
The extra funding for the Scholarship Program was made available through Home Sweet 2019 – our charity sleepover that raised more than $181,000 this year to help end homelessness. We were delighted to present the beneficiaries of Home Sweet 2019 – Women’s Community Shelters, The Burdekin Association, and the Link Housing Scholarship Program – with cheques for the monies raised at the 35 Year Birthday festival.
We were very grateful for the support of our local community members who have supported increases in social and affordable housing in Sydney. The amazing Ryde Councillor, Penny Pedersen was the MC of the festival. While The Hon. Jonathan O’Dea, MP and Mayor of Willoughby, Gail Giles-Gidney gave their time to assist with the ceremonies.