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The community program helping young migrants and refugees learn to navigate Newcastle's iconic beaches

Simon McCarthy
By Simon McCarthy
Updated February 22 2021 - 9:51am, first published November 29 2020 - 3:00am
Khadiija Ahmadi learned to swim with the "Welcome to the Beach" program, after her family emigrated to Australia from Afghanistan in 2014. She has attended the program each of the past five years. Picture: Simon McCarthy

Khadiija Ahmadi remembers the moment she first set foot in Australia with her family from Afghanistan. It was February, 2014. They spent their first night in a hotel and the following day moved into their new home in Newcastle - a city where, as Cooks Hill Surf Club Chaplain Helene O'Neill described it, "life is about the beach".

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Simon McCarthy

Simon McCarthy

Digital Journalist, Newcastle Herald

Simon McCarthy is a digital journalist working at the Newcastle Herald in NSW. He writes and produces video and multimedia for the Herald and Herald Weekender magazine, and co-produces the Toohey's News podcast. McCarthy has worked as a journalist in regional NSW since 2013. He joined the newsroom of the Newcastle Herald in 2017 from the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth where he worked from 2015 to 2016.

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