Australia Day on 26th January is truly a celebration of ‘Freedom from Fear’ as stated in the Australia Address by Deng Thiak Adut Sudanese refugee who was stolen at 6 to become a boy soldier. After years of horror, he eventually was sponsored to come to Australia. Through his determination and courage, and the support of the community, he is today a social justice advocate, lawyer
The afternoon canapes overlooking the Botanical Gardens after the address included people from many parts of the Australian community -author Tom Keneally, human rights advocate and photographer Diane MacDonald, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC , Chairman of the Australia Day Council NSW Angelos Frangopoulos.
Premier Mike Baird gave a moving Australia Day message of inclusion that we are one people at the beautiful Australia Day lunch at Luna Park.
Justice Crew the funkiest rap and dance cool guy group and the stunning singer Jessica Mauboy entertained us. The satiric comedy duo HG and Roy and the MC media personality Tony Squires were hilarious. We celebrated Tennis Champions and Australia Post have created stamps – lucky me (and everyone at the lunch) got a 1st day envelope with the 12 stamps.
My table had fabulous Australia Day Ambassadors – Suzie Edelman media personality and author, Warwick Nowland champion motor cycle rider, Stephan Kerkyasharian former President of the Anti Discrimination Board and … lots of others.