On the welcome dinner for Consul General Sunjay Sudhir, the president of UIA John Kennedy said, “Let us all work to build a House for our Indian Community and call this as House of India in Sydney”.
The new committee of UIA had a bang start to launch a welcome dinner to our esteemed Consul General. Sunjay Sudhir and his wife Vandhna Sudhir on July 5 2014 in the Sapphire function centre, Auburn.
It gave a good kick start developing momentum to display the community that there is a strong team willing to work hard to create an image of unity, friendship and compassion. The Australian community in Sydney has had great expectations from the new committee of UIA right from day one.
Besides the Consul General, there were other guests invited at the function. They were Ross Watts – Regional General Manager, WestPac; Ravi Bodade – Manager Air India; Pradeep Desai – Vice President Bank of Baroda; Sanjay Dixit – Chief Representative Union Bank of India; Mohan Sundar – UIA Honorary Solicitor; & Jack Chembirika – Manager, Mortgage Innovations of Commonwealth Bank. Also former presidents – Dr Sinha, Dr Rao, and Dr Bhatia supported the function
The function for welcome dinner started right on schedule – 6:45 PM. Suraj Kapila, the MC for the night demonstrated his dedication to make it a great night to remember. Dave Passi, the Secretary welcomed the audience in his own eloquent style and said “Our team has been working very hard to get the community together under one umbrella. It is a great challenge but I am sure with the support of you all we certainly achieve our goals and unite the people under “United Indian Associations”
John Kennedy, the President of UIA, in his speech emphasised that there is a need to get together to establish our unique place in the community as a united front to lobby our case for the benefit of the Indian community. He said “my vision was to be transparent and my team (the Executive committee) is delighted to take this transparency forward.
President said , “There is lots of pressure from many people but his Executive committee has taken great courage to withstand all pressure from outside and are working as one unit to take UIA forward.”
The consul General also said that he is committed to support UIA in every possible manner.
He said, “Unity brings greater glory to our community and wants all community leaders to unit for the sake of our community”
National anthems of Australia and India were sung together led by Shobha Ingleshwar. The entertainment included the children shows by Nikhila Kiran and Natyanivedan group and Reema Randhawa’s Punjabi Paniri Group. This was coordinated immaculately by UIA’s public officer Sue Advani.
Two young boys Sam Misra and Ayush Kapila displayed a great entertaining show of their talents in a modern Bollywood style to the excitement of the people.
India Australia Friendship Fair on 17th of August 2014 at Blacktown International SportsPark, Rooty Hill will be a highlight of our next project and UIA is very proud to stage this event for the benefit of our community.
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