Next Saturday 11th August, local Newcastle hero, Sister Diana Santleben will gain a national profile through an ABC Compass documentary series titled “Pitch Up”.
Sister Di is the Founder of Zara’s House Refugee Women’s Centre; a safe place for newly arrived refugee women and their families, where they can connect with the local community, learn English, and share stories and skills. An outspoken Dominican nun and feminist, Sister Diana Santleben is helping refugee women find their feet and their voice in a new land, teaching them to read and write in their mother tongue. Many of these women are illiterate so she runs Dari, Arabic and Pashto classes at Zara’s House in Newcastle. “Teach a boy to read and you educate a man. Teach a girl to read and you educate a family, a nation, and the future.”
Sister Di is driven by her passion to educate migrant and refugee women and create meaningful connections for these women in their local community.
Pitch Up will shine a light on the incredible work Sister Di is doing, and the ways this is benefitting the Newcastle community. It follows her journey as she is coached to craft and hone their pitch in preparation for The Funding Network’s live crowdfunding evening, like “philanthropic shark tank”, where she has just 6-minutes to convince potential donors that her program is worthy of funding and support.
The program premieres 6pm Saturday 11 August on ABC and iView.