Sewing project

 Galiwin’ku 

Support young mums and babies

Help send sewing machines to the remote Aboriginal community of Galiwin’ku

Stitched together by Yolngu Elders, the Sewing Project is an idea to pass on skills and strength from generation to generation at Baby Hub, a maternal and baby wellbeing centre in Galiwin’ku, East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

Young mums will be able to come together and learn how to sew, building lasting friendships, as well as picking up new skills. They’ll learn to sew beautiful clothing for their babies, and connect with Baby Hub’s health check-ups, nutrition classes, playgroup and parenting classes.

$15,000 will buy sewing machines, fabric, scissors, tape measures, needles and thread to set up and run a small sewing centre for at least a year.

Your donations will be used for: 

Cotton reels and needle sets

The tools needed to start sewing. 

Fabric and patterns

Bolts of fabric for baby clothes and clothes for the family. 

Eight sewing machines 

The equipment to make it all happen!  

Maintenance and replacement parts  

Because everything breaks down sometimes we will need some replacement parts handy. 

Where is Galiwin’ku?

Galiwin’ku is a vibrant community, on Elcho Island in East Arnhem Land. The population changes during the seasons, but approximately 2,200 Yolngu call Galiwin’ku home and together speak up to 22 different language dialects. There’s a daily flight to Darwin, 550km away, that takes about two hours. The drive is long, so freight has to arrive by barge. 

A small project, bringing new knowledge

"This project is a small wind, bringing new knowledge to grow... Our strength is passed from generation to generation. The Baby Hub Sewing Project is a small project. But it is a seed to open eyes. Mothers can come to this place and learn to sew. They can build new skills and feel proud to make clothes for their yothu (baby).” 

Nancy Gondarra, Baby Hub Community Development Officer 

When you chip in, Nancy and the Baby Hub crew will keep you in the loop.

From the excitement of the delivery of the sewing machines, to the first pieces sewn with love:  if we can raise these funds, you'll receive updates from the Baby Hub team over the coming months. Let's make this happen so Nancy and the Baby Hub team can get this wonderful program up and running! 

Donor FAQS

Baby Hub. What is it?

Set up like a home, Baby Hub is a quiet wellbeing centre where all young Yolngu mums can share, relax and grow.

Also welcome are dads, grandparents and carers. Baby Hub rose out of the Healthy Baby Healthy Community Program to target the community needs around malnutrition in early childhood. These days Baby Hub is so much more. Baby Hub runs baby health check-ups, baby nutrition and cooking classes, playgroup and parenting classes to help mums and babies stay strong and healthy. The improved health of children on Galiwin’ku is in part thanks to the work of Baby Hub.

Galiwin’ku? Tell me more

Galiwin’ku is on Elcho Island in East Arnhem Land. The community is laced on one side by mangroves teaming with local food - mud crab and barramundi – and a reef on the other side, where oysters, crayfish, and turtles live in turquoise blue waters.

There’s tropical rainforests, tidal creeks and cliffs with brightly coloured ochre rocks. That’s where body paint for ceremonies and art works comes from.

Galiwin’ku prides itself on its maintenance of cultural values. Popular Market Days held on the Church lawns every Friday could even be a place for the mums to sell their baby clothes in the future.

Red Cross and Baby Hub

Baby Hub is run as a partnership between Miwati Health, the local Aboriginal Health Service, and Australian Red Cross.

The team is Leandra Natani, an Aboriginal Health Worker and Veronica Gondarra, Aboriginal Community Worker. Miwatj employs both. Then there is the amazing Nancy Gondarra who you met in the video. Nancy is a Community Development Officer. Red Cross employs Nancy, Jenanne Yirrtharama, a Community Worker and Raisa Brozalevskaia, Senior Community Development Worker.

Stitch a difference – how your money helps

Your money will sew seeds of strength!

$15,000 will set up a Sewing Centre at Galiwin’ku’s Baby Hub centre. All money raised will go towards equipment, materials, shipping and repair.

The centre plans to buy eight sewing machines and spend the rest of the money raised on bolts of fabric, patterns, thread, scissors, needles, thimbles, cotton and sewing machine replacement parts. Shipping to Galiwin’ku will cost a bit too. The amazing women at Baby Hub will run the sewing lessons.

If we raise more than $15,000, extra funds will go to support other similar initiatives.

Why a Sewing Project?

Sewing together weaves relationships. New skills build confidence and pride. And machines stitch beautiful handmade clothes for babies to wear. At the same time, mums connect with Baby Hub’s health check-ups, baby nutrition classes, playgroup and parenting classes, which help mums and bubs grow strong and healthy.

As Community Support Worker Nancy says the ‘sewing program is a small project but it is a seed to open eyes’. Growing out of the mums and bubs are strong families and a stronger communities.

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes, all donations over $2 to the Baby Hub Sewing Project are tax deductible.

Will I see how my money is spent?

Absolutely! When you join us, you’ll be an important part of the Sewing Project. We’ll email to let you know when we reach significant milestones, like half way to our fundraising goal, or when we buy the first sewing machines. When we get photos from Baby Hub, we’ll send them on so you can share the joy and excitement.

A big thank you to our Donors

The real heroes who are kindly helping us achieve our goal

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Anonymous

Wonderful productive way to bring these women and children together while enabling them to learn and create

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Anonymous

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Elisa Pertzel

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Mr Mark A Heydon

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Anonymous

What a fantastic initiative! I wish you all much success.

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Jenni Swan

Good luck in raising funds for this project. Best wishes to all the mum who will visit this Baby sewing hub - all new mums need a community to navigate the first few months

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Kc

A wonderful project! I hope you reach your goal.

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Anonymous

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Geoff Symonds

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Anonymous

It takes a village to raise a child Proverb

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Rene V

Always happy to support fellow sewists!

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Anonymous

I wish I was able to donate more

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Sue

A lovely idea

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Glen Hobby

Enjoy yourselves and have fun learning how to sew!

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Excellent project which will provide lifelong skills

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John Lane

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Anonymous

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Eversley Mortlock

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Elizabeth Barnes

As a retired sewing teacher I very much support the boost to self esteem making projects through sewing can achieve. Great initiative.

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Julie Magill

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Jene B

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Russell Ashley

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June Lunsmann

Enjoyed being able to sew for my children what a great initiative

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Lindie Ward

Galiwin’ku is a very special place and I have fond memories of the wonderful women there especially Mavis Gunambarr. I am very happy to contribute to this project.

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Jasmine Hughes

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Mandy Grieve

Best wishes with the sewing project. I am sure it will be a success.

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Paul Kabaila

What a wonderful project!

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Fongfon Pienpitak

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Louise Allen

It is a great to be able to support this positive initiative from Yolngu Elders. Wishing every success to all involved in the Sewing Project, in Galiwin'ku community.

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Karan Kaur

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Anonymous

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Rodger Smith

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Jenni Parsons

Hope you get to share some skills, have fun and make some lovely clothes for your bubs

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Anonymous

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Colleen Murphy

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Margot Allatt

A sewing centre for young mothers is a terrific idea.

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Sophie Varnier

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Stephen Linsenmeier

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Leslene Woodward

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Deborah Wade

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Jill Lee

get together and have fun

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Julie Craig

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Vicki Willis

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Cathie

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Kate Moylan

Great initiative, I look forward to seeing it grow

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Wendy Down

Sounds like a great project idea to me - well done and good luck with it.

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Lea

Good luck with this wonderful project. Can't wait to hear how it goes and maybe see some photos of the clothes that you sew.

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Anonymous

What a great project. I wish all the mums and bubs all the best.

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Elizabeth Birch

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Pauline Tiernan

A great initiative!

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Judith Benson

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Amie Meers

Love to see similar program in other communities.

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Leonne Wills

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Jacinta Smith

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Maureen Watson

Great community idea Always important to support young mums

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Joan Brennab

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Jessie Booth

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Greg Unicomb

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Anonymous

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Stephen Peters

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Owen Lewis

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Wendy Trethewy

What a wonderful initiative, so thrilled to be a part ♥️♥️♥️♥️

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Anonymous

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Jennifer Roche

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Robyn

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Jen Woodforde

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Christine Stott

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Fran Berry

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Angela Wilke

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Anonymous

What a great campaign! Good luck in reaching your goal.

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Anonymous

Enjoy time creating together and loving your darling bubbas.

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Marina Pertzel

What a wonderful project, I hope you reach your goal !

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Jenny Meaney

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Robert W Collick Collick

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Anonymous

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Bridget Fong

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Emma Whitmore

This is an amazing initiative and I wish you all every success. Sewing is a skill that too few of us still possess, I know I wish I had learnt the skill.

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Belinda Bird

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Fiona James

It will be a rewarding time for Galiwin'ku community

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Karl

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Anonymous

Best wishes and much luck improving the lives of those living within this community.

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Wendy Harmer

Happy sewing...

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John Acheson

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Molina Francy

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Sue Walker

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Jan Martin

Wishing the project every success

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Marcus And Aiden

When our mum told us about this my little brother and I decided to give our pocket money. Babies grow fast and need lots of clothes. We hope you raise enough money soon.

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Anonymous

Good luck with this project!

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Romina Mitsopoulos

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Sue Bussell

I wish you all happiness & fun with the Baby Hub project - what a fabulous idea!!

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Evelyn Seath

Wonderful project in so many ways! Good luck.

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Sharon Clements

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Khairul Madkhul

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Kim Carter

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Gwynne Hannay

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Anonymous

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Jeff Darlington

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Ernest Yung

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Amanda Potter

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Anna De Montignie

Please keep me posted as to development and results. Good luck with the project!

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Melanie And Mary-ann

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Raisa Brozalevskaia

Awesome project!

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Jackie Martin

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Alison Jones

Women coming together to talk and work while children play- sounds great!

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Rosie Schultz

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Anonymous

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Joceline T

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Julie M Mccoy

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Anonymous

Can I help?

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Allison Muir

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Allyson Becker

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Carol Hey

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Jenny Dally

Good on you team. such a wonderful and creative idea. a fantastic asset and skill for the Baby Hub.

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Anne-marie Dickson

Happy stitching!

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Mary Mcclure

I lived in Galiwin’ku many years ago and have since taught students from there at boarding school (adopted into the Burrarrwanga ). Great to be able to support Galiwin’ku again!

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Lucy Towers

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Yu Chun Zhong

Please keep this card number for your regular donation please take the money in every first Thursday of each month. Kind Regards, From John Zhong, the director of WORLDZHONG PTY.LTD.

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Sandra Barton

All the very best & what a great idea & project . In memory of my mother who loved her Singer sewing machine & everything she created in it

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Betty Wolf-gatignon

What a great community initiative for young mums and babies! As an artist/ weaver and teacher I fully acknowledge the benefits of a sewing project for the wellbeing of women . Besides learning very useful skills there is the added benefit of building meaningful relationships, plus the health checks and the parenting classes, fantastic! I am very happy to contribute and wish Nancy all the best with setting up this project. I hope one day to be able to see with my own eyes how you are all happy sewing! Betty.

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Janine Hamilton

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Andrea Eeritt

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Andrea Henning

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Bev Buckland

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Lorena Uriarte

What a great project. Hope you reach your goal 💥

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Good to see positive projects in regional communities

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Jude Jones

What a great idea. Have fun at Baby Hub. Id love to see some of the things you make.

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Anonymous

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Jillian Farrer

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Zoe Taylor

Beautiful project to help the community

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Fiona Brown

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Elizabeth Rocheta

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Chook Yon