Meet and Greet New Arrivals in

(photos clockwise)

Welcome to Tassie: Welcoming Jhinky (2nd from left) and her
2 children to Tasmania

Beautiful ladies at the Meet n Greet

Some of the attendees at the Meet and Greet of New arrivals
in Hobart

Emie Smith and Emy Ogoy at the Candlelight vigil organised
by the Jodi Law Foundation

Florence Parker (center) and Yabbo Thompson (right) at the
Amnesty International workshop

Teresa Page (2nd from right) celebrated her 50th birthday with Liezl Correa, Alma Pongco and
Marie Palencia

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