The Southern Cross : June 2012
June 2012 Page 21 www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross news | The timeless musical The Wizard of Oz will be performed by the Therry Dramatic Society at the Arts Theatre this month. Starring Leah Potter as Dorothy and Shona Benson as the Wicked Witch of the West, the production includes some of musical theatre's best-loved songs such as Over the Rainbow, If Only I had a Brain and We're Off to See the Wizard. It is directed by Patsy Thomas with Joanna Patrick as musical director and Brenton Tiver as choreographer. The season commences on Saturday June 9 and then runs from Wednesday June 13 to Saturday June 16 at 8pm. There are matinees on both Saturdays and a preview on Wednesday June 6, with an extra matinee on June 10. For tickets, call the Arts Theatre Box Office on 8410 5515 from June 4 between 10am and 5pm The number for bookings (Mon-Fri) from May 14 is 8296 3477. Therry does Oz When Mason Somerville was a teenager, his single mother of six children sent him to a Catholic youth camp aimed at bringing some sunshine to the lives and futures of disadvantaged kids. Today he's coordinating a national trial for young asylum seekers in Adelaide for the Christian Brothers Oceania Province and Edmund Rice Education Australia after spending several years assisting persecuted, dispossessed and homeless youth across Australia, India, Peru, Sri Lanka, Bolivia and Africa. "I do identify with asylum seekers as one of the more marginalised groups and I am also realising how privileged I am," says Mason, 26. His remarkable story, says Natasha Siebert from Edmund Rice Camps (SA) Inc, epitomises the benefits of positive role modeling for children and young people. Edmund Rice Camps (SA) Inc was established by the Christian Brothers in 1990 to improve the quality of life and future of disadvantaged children and youth through positive role models and experiences. The group has a volunteer base of 300 to help run camps, recreational activities and on-going support for children and young people (six to 15 years) and their families. Every child/youth has a leader/mentor on camp and all mentors are aged from 18 years old. Mason attended five camps from theageof15andwentonto become a camp mentor and later a camp leader for 15 camps. In that time he spent many hours volunteering across Adelaide organisations, including Life Line and Fred's Van. He attended Rostrevor College and then studied social work at the University of South Australia. "If I hadn't had that experience, I wouldn't have known that I wanted to be a social worker," says Mason. "Seeing people help others was really inspirational...and directed me down a path that felt really right." He clearly remembers his first ER camp in 2001 at Millicent because it was through the camp he met his best mate Nathan Walsh. The pair remains in daily contact. "In his own way, Mason is trying to save the world," says Nathan, 27. "He is a giving person and sees the positives in people." In 2004/05, Mason used his leadership skills running ER Camps to set up camps for young asylum seekers at the notorious Baxter Detention Centre in Port Augusta. This led him to the US where he spent time at Camp America helping homeless children in New York before embarking on four years of travel through Kenya, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Peru, Bolivia and other parts of the world. In that time he was a volunteer for various programs, including a soccer program for 'street' kids in India. In 2009, he returned to Australia and was running programs for youth in detention at the Christmas Island facility overseeing 23 volunteers up until last year. Edmund Rice was a layman who established the Christian Brothers in Ireland in the late 1700s. He set up a school for the disadvantaged and taught in the Catholic tradition. He was beatified in 1996. Edmund Rice schools in Adelaide are: Rostrevor College at Woodforde, St Paul's College at Gilles Plains and Christian Brothers College in the city. Anyone interested in donating to ERCSA, attending a camp or volunteering can call 8234 2937 or visit www.eddiericecamps.org. au. TEAM EDMUND RICE: Social worker Mason Somerville (centre) and his best mate Nathan Walsh met through Edmund Rice Camps (SA) as teenagers. Mason, who is working with young asylum seekers, continues to inspire younger students of the Christian Brothers schools, including Adelaide CBC students and migrants (L-R) Habibulla, Mostafa, Arif and Lasana. Camp inspires social worker Photo: Nat Rogers CTC is associated with the Department of Theology at Flinders University and teaches its degrees. We invite you to deepen the understanding you have of your faith. You can undertake study for credit or simply sit in on topics as an audit student. Audit fee is $250 per topic (A topic runs for 2/3 hrs per week for 13 weeks). 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