UIA celebrated Indian Republic Day and Australia Day Award Night on January 28, 2017. Consul General of India to Sydney, B. Vanlalvawna was the chief guest on the occasion.
Consul General B. Vanlalvawna read out the message from President of India and he outlined the Indian Government initiatives in relation to NRI’s living abroad. He also congratulated all the high achievers and other award winners for their excellent achievements.
Damien Tudehope member for Epping representing Minister for communities John Ajaka said that liberal government is committed to help every community and passed on the congratulatory message for UIA from the community minister.
Daniel Mookhey MLC representing Opposition leader Luke Foley also congratulated all the award winners. He stressed the importance of education and passed on the congratulatory message from state opposition leader Luke Foley.
Julia Owens MP for Parramatta representing Federal opposition leader Bill Shorten thanked UIA for encouraging the future generation by awarding the high achiever award.
Jodi McKay MP shared her memories from the recent trip to India. The function was well attended by people from many different communities.
Many other known members of Indian community attended the function.
President of UIA John Kennedy in his speech said that all HSC high achievers have made our community proud. He acknowledged the efforts of the parents and the community as a whole in upbringing of their children. He acknowledged all the volunteers and their efforts for making the event successful. He also thanked all the sponsors and the media partners for their support.
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