Category Archives: Adventures

Sue to launch Rozelle Street Library – 8 September

Street Library Launch

This is such an honour!
I’ve been asked to speak at and launch the new Rozelle Street Library!

You can come too! Friday 8 September at Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre.

It’s very special, because the centre is next door to where I used to live – on top of the cafe – where I had my office, collected and ran the first community collection of aid for Sri Lanka. This is when the Accidental Aid Worker story began.

I’ll be donating my book to start the library. Authors – want to join me in donating your book for the collection?

Please contact me for details.

We hope you will join us for a special morning tea to launch our Street Library. We will be celebrating reading matters at Rozelle for Adult Learning Week. The event will include a morning tea with guest author Sue Liu who will offically open our library and talk about her book the Accidental Aid Worker. RSVP for catering purposes:

Now available in Sri Lanka at Barefoot


AAW now available in Sri Lanka

AAW now available at Barefoot, Colombo

Accidental Aid Worker has ‘come home’ to Sri Lanka and is now available exclusively at Sri Lanka’s most beautiful place for quality gifts, crafts, fabrics, art and of course, books – Barefoot Celyon.

Be sure to ask for your copy of Accidental Aid Worker at the bookshop, which houses the finest collection of books about Sri Lanka.

Barefoot Celyon – 704 GALLE ROAD Colombo 03

Volunteering for Christmas and feeding the homeless every week

In my last newsletter and just before Christmas I put out a call for volunteers to help with the preparation and service of lunch on Christmas Day at Gethsemane Community in Petersham. It’s my usual Christmas Day gig – and as the year wound up, I took on the additional duties of trying to organise the volunteers for The Christmas Project. Read more and see the video to refresh your memory.

Making Christmas Day 2015 a joy for community, volunteers and homeless people

Here’s how it happened – starring  Zulu’s Community/Sue, Gethsemane/Myree, Vic, Our Big Kitchen, Live, Love, Learn and volunteers

  • I offered to assist Gethsemane Community‘s Sr Myree Harris to find and co-ordinate volunteers for Christmas Day and also to help fellow volunteer, Vic, with the sorting and delivery of hampers to boarding houses around the inner west.
  • I contacted Our Big Kitchen to ask for help in finding volunteers for the day and also to supply vegetables for the making of salads for the lunch.
  • OBK put the word out on their Facebook page and also introduced Live, Love, Learn – a children’s art program, who co-incidently were going to be making cookies and gift bags on Christmas Eve for (ideally) homeless and disadvantaged people on Christmas Day – but did not have a recipient. Divine providence was at work here as this perfect match was made! On Christmas Eve, I went to OBK to collect 100 beautifully decorated cookie bags and thank the 85 children who prepared these package. The afternoon was spent doing the final packing of gift bags and hamper deliveries to boarding houses.
  • My nephew, Tim, helped me prepare 3 industrial sized salads (in a tiny kitchen) for the Christmas Day lunch.
  • On Christmas Day, around 35 volunteers assisted to put on a memorable day for around 80 visitors and their carers, preparing and serving a delicious feast and truly enjoying each other’s company.

That’s the power of community, collaboration and co-operation – and Zulu’s Community.

Thank you to everyone who contributed goods, gifts, food, time, energy, attention and support to make this day run so smoothy and so well.  

On going – Sue and Vic team up to feed Sydney’s homeless

One of the key outcomes of this short but intense lead up to this festive season service is, that after 4 years of volunteering for Gethsemane, a very key connection was made. Vic, who has worked with Myree for 6 years with the running of Christmas Day lunch, was -dare I say, shocked and surprised that I could ‘take over’ and run things so smoothly and drama-free.


When Vic asked for my input into a community lunch that he has run for 3 years at a church in Darlinghurst, I said yes.

Each Thursday, Vic and a small team of volunteers prepare and serve fruit salad, burgers or sandwiches and coffee to around 40 homeless people. I have been volunteering most Thursdays now, and during his university break, so has Tim.

These few hours have become an important way for me to keep grounded and connected to my community. I look forward to this time and prioritise it, because it’s a tangible, practical way to serve my fellow human beings. I help feed people without any other agenda than to make a difference IN that moment.

We are a small team – from 4-7 people each week and this motley crew, called the ‘dream team’, are a really lovely bunch. It’s a small, but mighty effort – and we need more volunteers in our dream team.


If you can contribute 2.5 hours on a Thursday morning, even if it’s now and then, to assist us with feeding a small segment of Sydney’s homeless community – please contact me and I’ll connect you with Vic, who will be thrilled to have you as part of the ‘dream team’.


Here’s what Monica Olander from C3 Church said about Accidental Aid Worker:  Just finished reading your book Accidental Aid Worker. Thank you for sharing your journey – not just a how-to on becoming involved in community work – but a very raw, personal & honest account of your emotional, spiritual, physical & mental journey of life. Funny, tragic & inspirational all rolled into one, I admire your vulnerability, down-to-earth attitude and your courage to face both mountains and valleys, and to traverse them both. What a pleasure to get to know you further through reading your memoirs and of course, to have you on our team at our C3 Cares Community Lunch. You are greatly appreciated & I’m looking forward to Book No. 2!

Fundraiser for book and Geraldine’s 70th Birthday – 21 June

You don’t want to miss THIS event  – the most unique fundraiser in town on Sunday 21 June 2015 from 1 – 4pm.

BOOK HERE – until Friday 19 June – NO tickets at the door or on the day

Limited places are available for Sue Liu’s fundraiser, which is called a “book shower” for her memoir Accidental aid worker.  The afternoon event starts at 1pm and will be a cook-in at Bondi’s Our Big Kitchen – and will also be featuring an introduction to the book and  publishing project -so far 2 years in the making.

Special guests are Sarojini, who will be visiting from Sri Lanka (visa permitting) and Geraldine Cox, who will be celebrating her 70th Birthday with a special afternoon tea. It’s a fundraiser, so Sue is putting on a very crafty little market so you can buy goodies  – with funds raised going toward the publication of her book, communities and Sri Lanka and to Sunrise.

Sue will be making a few announcements and the book and will also share news about projects in Sri Lanka after her recent trip in April. She will also read the chapter, that tells of her meeting with Ms Cox in 2006 – which has lead to over 8 years of love and support with Sunrise Children’s Villages in Cambodia.

It’s a unique afternoon packed full of celebrations that you don’t want to miss!

It’s a ‘book shower’ and fundraiser for Sue’s upcoming book – Accidental aid worker and an afternoon tea 70th birthday celebration for Geraldine Cox.

  • An introduction to the book that spans more than 11 years and features adventures with Sri Lankan and Cambodian communities
  • A special chapter reading – find out how Sue met Geraldine Cox from Sunrise Children’s Villages
  • Meet special guest Geraldine Cox and celebrate her 70th birthday with afternoon tea
  • An announcement about the book project – VERY EXCITING!
  • Cook-in including a challah baking
  • Lots of goodies to buy at Zulu’s market – with funds going toward the book project, Sri Lankan communities and Sunrise Children’s Villages


  • Adults +16 yrs = $55 incl gst + $2 booking fee = $57.00
  • Kids – 15 yrs = $25 incl gst + $2 booking fee = $27.00

Ticket price includes GST supports Our Big Kitchen, the book project, Sri Lankan communities and Sunrise Children’s Villages.  A booking fee of $2.00 per ticket covers finance and administration fees associated with online bookings. Tickets are non-refundable. If you can not make it on the day you are welcome to send a substitute or sponsor someone to attend who can not afford a ticket.

For further details contact Sue on 0411 743015  – BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE