Malayali Association Cairns (MAC)
at a Glance
Who we are
Malayali Association Cairns (MAC) is the formal incorporated organisation for all Malayalees in the city of Cairns, Queensland, Australia. It is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious community and cultural organisation.
We are committed to respond to the cultural and social needs of the Malayalee community and accordingly our programs are tailored to meet them. Our programs are attended by a wide spectrum of the community numbering in hundreds. The three major annual programs we conduct are:
Onam celebrations in August/September – One of the main features of Onam celebrations is cultural programs reminiscent of Kerala’s own rich cultural and artistic life both present and past. During the celebrations we also provide a traditional, delicious Kerala style food to the attendees of the program at a very nominal cost.
Christmas/ New Year celebrations in December/January – The Christmas celebrations include a vast array of different types of cultural programs accompanied by a sumptuous dinner. The main focus is reminding the attendees of Jesus Christ’s message of love, kinship, compassion and mutual help.
Easter/ Vishu celebration and the AGM in April - The Easter celebrations is focused on Jesus Christ's resurrection. Alongside to that keralites also celebrate Vishu, which is the astronomical new year Hindu festival.
In addition we also conduct events such as family fun days and other cultural shows and events. These events range from social networking events (for example, family fun day) to social/cultural/artistic events with the aim of providing a stage for the community’s talents to perform and also meeting the various interests of the community. The contents of these programs are non-religious, non-political and non-controversial but have only the aim of spreading Kerala’s culture and heritage.
We are always at the forefront in offering help and assistance in times of humanitarian needs arising from unfortunate events whether natural or otherwise. We respond by engaging ourselves into fund raising activities and help support those important causes in order to alleviate financial or otherwise burden without any regard or consideration to nationality, religion, faith or belief of the affected.
Word on the Street
"MAC was of great help when we first arrived Cairns and guided us to settle and blend into the community. Everybody was so generous offering us the necessary help. I am part of MAC family now, as an executive member and I am proud to say that MAC is setting the standards for community based organisations and is exemplary in its services."