Tuesday, January 26, 2010

This week on Orange Ribbon Wednesday 27 January

Our guest this week is an indigenous TV and radio personality, journalist, and entertainer. Pascoe Braun will talk about how young his mother and father when they had him, being one of the stolen generation, and the white family who adopted him. He will also give us an insight into how the church treated the indigenous people and the heartache he and many of his community still feel today.

We will talk about the gay indigenous community in Adelaide and the events that take place there for them.  Pascoe has very strong views about the Australian and Aboriginal flag and what the government of today should  do with them.

He is very open about the sad start to his life, going on the streets as a teenager, but also lets you see how he turned his life around and changed everything for the better.

Monday, January 18, 2010

A Fillipino singer joins us on Wednesday

Del was raised in Cebu (Philippines), of a Chinese mother and a Fillipino/Spanish father, who separated when he was just 5 years of age, so he ended up being raised by his mother. He is an only child, although he has a half-brother and half-sister from his father's subsequent re-marriage.

Del's original life plans were to be involved in fine arts, but this didn't really start to develop until his university days where he was initially involved in the university drama club, and where later he ended up being president of that same club.

Due to a set of circumstances which he will outline on Orange Ribbon on Wednesday night, Del ended up being offered a recording contract with a major recording label, which resulted in him settling in Manila for most of the past 10 years. But he did not like the "show business" side of the industry. He preferred to just be able to sing at venues, hotels etc., and not have to worry about all the associated PR and "sales" activities associated with marketing record albums etc.

As a result of a later change of agents he gained a series of assignments (most of around 6 months...) singing at a number of well-known international 5-Star hotel venues in Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, and latterly Korea.

There is much, much more to Del's story, including his meeting with his current Austraian partner. So you will need to listen in to Orange Ribbon this coming Wednesday evening (20th January, 2010) at 8:00pm where we will hear about a very interesting life from a very gifted and talented singer.

Orange Ribbon, 8:00pm every Wednesday, on JOY 94.9FM in Melbourne, or you can listen in "live" over the internet by going to http://www.joy.org.au/ and clicking on the "Listen Now" icon at the top of the page.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

From Greece to Australia to the States

What must it be like to be plucked from your surrounds at the age of twelve and be plonked into a whole new one with different culture and language? Or to switch to a different career that is world's apart? Constant change seems to embody the life of Simon Simoudis, an Australian of Greek background.

Join us on Orange Ribbon on Wednesday, 13th of January 2010, on Joy 94.9fm at 8pm as Simon shares with us his stories. Wondering how the US fits into this show? Tune in and find out.

Monday, January 4, 2010

A young man from Colombia is next

On Orange Ribbon this week we get to chat with a young man from Bogota, Colombia, who has just spent six months in Australia undertaking a short-course here as part of an exchange program.

Nicolas, although not religious or from a religious family, went to a Catholic school in Bogota, which created its own problems as he will tell us. It was in his early teenage years that he began to realize that he was gay, and he finally came out to his Mum at age 17 when he was directly confronted by her about his sexuality.

He talks about coming out and life as a gay person in Colombia.

Nicolas is passionate about his country and feels he has to help its people. Poverty is rife, and he tells us why and how the poor people live.

Here is a very intelligent and educated young man who dearly loves his country and hopes to be able to help build a better life for all Colombians, albeit having to try and resolve the crime (much of it related to the drug trade...), the corruption, the poverty, and many other issues facing his country. One of his early objectives is to become a professor to further educate his people, and also he would like to work for the World Bank one day.

Nicholas is only 21 years old and his story will make you realise, not all of the youth of today think the same way.

Join Ka Fam, Hugh, and Allan for this interesting chat coming up this Wednesday evening at 8:00pm on JOY 94.9FM.