The Philippine Australian Society for Senior Citizens, Inc (PASSCI), the first Filipino Seniors Group to be incorporated in Australia is celebrating its 36th anniversary online today. PASSCI members have been connecting regularly through social media.
“On this day we pay tribute to the founders of PASSCI led by my late father Atty Jose Relunia Snr. Founders Nancy Casaol and Floro Valdez will be joining us in the virtual celebration,” Filipino community leader Jun Relunia said.
In a written message, Prime Minister Scott Morrison congratulated PASSCI on its 36 years of friendship and fellowship.
“Your enduring support of older Filipino Australians speaks to the strength of your bayanihan spirit –– your love of community and your commitment of service to others,” Prime Minister Morrison said.
:Australia is blessed with a growing population of people of Filipino heritage. Filipino Australians have enriched our culture and society –– and as their elders, you are the heart and soul of this special community.
“This past year has been difficult for all Australians. In recent weeks, residents of Sydney, and Western Sydney especially, have been particularly tested.
“Throughout this period, you have looked to each other for support. It has been your community and your friendships that have sustained you so magnificently.
“I am so grateful to Sydney’s multicultural communities for showing leadership in this challenging time. Getting vaccinated, staying home, and staying safe is how we can all protect and look after each other.
“I honour the work of all members and pay particular tribute to your Senior of the Decade and Vice President, Linda Alvarez Barnes, for her exceptional contribution to PASSC.”
Morrison wished the PASSCI every success into the future as it continues to serve and support Filipino Australians.
Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic and NSW Minister for Seniors, Multiculturalism, Sports and Veterans Natalie Ward. Philippine Consul General Ezzedin Tago also sent their greetings to PASSCI.
The main highlight of the 36th-anniversary celebration has been the free grocery delivered contactless to the homes of 50 PASSCI members and provided by the Australian Filipino Community Services.
“I would like to thank AFCS again for its generosity in this difficult time of staying home and staying safe,” Relunia said.
Other highlight of PASSCI 36th celebration will be the participation of PASSCI members at ACFS Kalingang Pinoy Radio with broadcaster Eric Maliwat tonight at 7:00 pm at FM 98.5 or by dialing telephone (02) 8080 5650.