Dear Members and Patrons,
The Management Committee (MC) of the Burmese Association of Western Australia (BAWA) would like to inform all our members and patrons that due to the impact of COVID-19, the Management Committee has decided to cancel all social activities, including our monthly Members Get Together (MGT) and monthly Food Fete for the months of April, May and possibly beyond, including our 55th Anniversary Dance on 16th May 2020, until further notice.
The Association has a duty of care to ensure the safety and health of all our members, and supporters at all our events. The Management Committee is working together to ensure all our normal business functions are operational.
The BAWA Management Committee will keep you up to date on when normal activities will resume, via email or on the BAWA main Web Page www.bawa.org.au. For more details, please contact us on 08-9328 8988 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For updates on COVID-19 (coronavirus), please refer to the following link from Department of Health, Government of Western Australia.
We wish you all to stay safe and take care of yourself and family during this difficult time.
The Burmese Association of WA (Inc.)
01 April 2020
The Burmese Association of WA (BAWA) is the oldest and largest Burmese community organisation in Western Australia. It was formed in 1965 and incorporated in 1969 to assist new migrants and refugees who had arrived from Burma.
The main focus of the Association is to conduct charitable fundraising activities in support of the orphanages which we sponsor in Myanmar. Our strategy here is to enable and empower these establishments to become self-sufficient, rather than the simple provision of a cash donation which in most cases would result only in a short term gain. Accordingly; we have provided funds and achieved success in establishing livestock, poultry and agricultural farming projects which remain viable and productive. We have also established sewing skills training through the provision of resources which has resulted in the graduation of qualified seamstresses. Our charitable activities are not limited to Myanmar as we have also donated to worthy causes here in Australia as well as other countries.
The BAWA is extremely active in the area of senior’s activities and interests. We hold get-togethers and luncheons every month, together with regular outings which include extended trips away within the state. We have a dedicated senior’s support group which manages all matters associated with senior’s interests.
Social functions such as dances are regular events throughout the year; the mainstays being New Year’s Eve and the annual Anniversary. In addition to these we usually have one or two more dance/social events as well as dedicated Country Hoedowns.
Food is a very important element in the Myanmar culture; hence we hold a monthly food fete at our premises. These fetes are very popular and attract a very large number of repeat and new patrons who come along to enjoy an extensive variety of Myanmar cuisine while taking the opportunity to catch up with old friends or to meet others with common interests.
Financial membership of the organisation has grown over the years due to the very reasonable membership fees together with substantial benefits. Full details of this and other matters are elsewhere on this website.
Finally; due to our strategic placement, we are a focal point for advice and guidance for the local community as well as government and other organisations.