Posted by Philippe Dulawan
on 3 June 2021
The Young Lasallians Team is pleased to announce two LYG Sydney Keynote speakers, Efeso Collins and Qwayne. Both are living examples of what it is to tangibly live out the theme for LYG 2021, "Walking New Paths".Additionally, we are also pleased to announce that all LYG Keynotes will be captured digitally via live streaming and as a resource for those in attendance and for those who need to participate digitally.
Fa'anana Efeso Collins, more commonly known as Efeso is a community enabler and leader of Samoan and Tokelauan heritage. He's the youngest of six children of Samoan immigrants who settled in Otara, and the first in his family to get a university education.
Efeso is an outspoken social commentator and broadcaster. He holds the Samoan alii matai title of Fa'anana from the village of Satufia, Satupaitea, Savaii.
Efeso is currently serving as an Auckland Councillor in the Manukau Ward. Efeso is passionate about youth issues and Pasifika participation in NZ society and has published research on youth gangs in South Auckland. He is married with two daughters and lives in Otahuhu. '
Qwayne Guevara is a dynamic, Catholic innovator whose personal faith journey convinced her that the key ingredients for getting people together would be the provision of a safe space to hang out, good food and some organised sports. And so, she started the Young Lions Café, and then an indoor sports centre called The Hustle. These ventures have proven to be innovative ways of evangelising to the broader local community.
The Young Lions Café is a 10 minute walk from Blacktown station. It sits in the midst of office buildings whose tenants tend to be community service providers, and government agencies assisting the vulnerable. Nearby is the Blacktown Council offices and the Patrician Brothers College. To say the café's clientele is diverse would be an understatement. Young Lions Café has been nominated as a finalist for the Local Business Awards three years in a row, and was voted best coffee shop in Blacktown in 2019.
As for The Hustle, it provides a venue for sporting groups to play and train. Qwayne also uses the venue with her teammates from the Embers basketball team. Team prayer before the game, playing fairly and being respectful of opponents and referees is their quiet way of witnessing to their Catholic faith. The Hustle also offers safe gathering spaces for church and friendship groups, as well as young families. It has become a community hub fostering a sense of belonging.
Excerpt from Sharon Brewer Article Catholic Outlook: https://catholicoutlook.org/qwayne-guevara-are-you-serious-god/