Category Archives: Zulu’s Events

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:

THE LAST CHRISTMAS for Candles for Community

Christmas 2016 will be the last season for Candles for Community. What started in 2008 as a little hobby on the side, to help with awareness and fundraising has lasted for 8 years over Christmas seasons.

Over the years, I have made, gifted, sold, wrapped, packed, dispatched hundreds of candles – from my kitchen in the early days – and now in my garage/ workshop. I know that people have loved what these candles have represented, the spirit of community and giving back.

Modest amounts have been raised and donated over the years to organisations like Handup Congo, Bruno’s Community, and for many years – Sunrise Children’s Villages in Cambodia has benefited with thousands of dollars in donations. This year, the focus will still be on community projects very close to my heart and soul.

The recipient project will be announced in November – the official launch of the Candles for Community 2016 campaign. 

  • C4C 2016You’ll be able to find out more about Zulu’s Community and the Candles for Community story in my book, Accidental Aid Worker. Each copy will be signed, will include a numbered ‘piece of the puzzle’ and a donation to the community project.
  • Hand poured 100% soy candles -come in tea lights, travel tins and glass jars, in range of citrus flavours
  • Art cards, earrings, puzzles and packaged gift packs make up perfect gifts for Christmas.

You can order candles and books at anytime – here at our shop.

Working with Professor Bashir – a sincere delight

I had to share this with you – because this was a career highlight and great honour for me.

On behalf of my client, St John of God Richmond Hospital, I produced their  annual Veterans’ Day commemoration service on 6 August. One of the core programs of the hospital is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and for over 20 years now, the hospital have been integral in supporting the veteran community – young and old. Whilst this commemoration has most significance to our ever decreasing ranks in the Vietnam Veteran community, it’s also incredibly poignant time of reflection for our young vets from recent and current conflicts and the team of caregivers –  nursing team, Psychiatrists, Psychologists and others who take this time to reunite with patients. 2015-08-06 12.05.09-2As part of this, our special guest for the day was The Honourable Dame Prof Marie Bashir AD CVO, former Governor General of NSW.

Back to the big day and Professor Bashir

Kudos does not belong to me for engaging this enigmatic and special human being for our humble ceremony. But it was my duty to produce and manage the day which included managing two VIPs and their activities and the ‘tour of duty’ for the day which included greetings, walk-arounds, morning teas, photoshoots,  opening the art exhibition, the ceremony and then some.

Amongst the bustle and tight timelines of the running order, I wanted to make sure everyone had their ‘moment’ with Professor Bashir and I believe, we all did. Even me. More  about that in a moment…….

I hate to gush, but I will. Professor Bashir is one of the most down to earth, authentic and sweet human beings I’ve had the  pleasure to meet and work with. She has an energy and aura about her, the gift of being able to relate to and make everyone feel special  – even the therapy dog! Our Veterans in particular, were so appreciative of her attention, and I had trouble easing her away, so that others could share a moment with her in the limited time we had. I overheard stories told in conversation or from the lectern about her personal experiences – her stories reflect a lifetime of experience. I saw this inspiring woman have power over people, without even meaning to. She has the ability to really relate, connect and touch their hearts and souls. I know it sounds corny, but you can’t buy that kind of magic – she is clearly blessed with it.

Professor Bashir’s passion and compassion for mental health and wellness mental wellness stems from her childhood in Nerrandera, NSW, with a growing awareness the that troubled souls on the street may be soldiers returning from war with damaged minds. She was a GP and then a practising Psychiatrist and has had distinguished career and carries accolades too long to recite. The upshot of all of this is – she is an impressive and humble person and she’ll be the first one to bat away the compliments.

And at the end of a busy morning, after making sure she (and Colin her driver) had their lunch packs and goodies for the long drive back to the city for the next engagement – I had my moment. I was able to present her with a book – that co-incidently she is mentioned in (and she did not know it) by my friend Greg Fisher (Inside Out).  Drawing the lines of our connection, it was a great thrill and she was so excited and sincere in her delight at know it.

To me, she is a true example of someone who is – real and a pleasure, and I just had to share it.

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