Sydney, 15 Aug, 2016
Federation of Indian Associations of NSW (FIAN) organised yet another successful INDIA DAY on Sunday, 14th Aug, 2016.
The Parade Ground of Old King’s School in the heart of Parramatta was abuzz with the people, music, dances, songs and variety of food. Kids enjoyed the rides. The finale was the spectacular Fire Works right at the end.
Approx 10,000 people attended the event throughout the day.
Presence of Political leaders and Media gave it an added depth.
Senator the Hon Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Minister for International Development and the Pacific and The Hon Senator Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs represented Federal Government of Australia.
NSW Minister for Multiculturalism, The Hon John Ajaka represented NSW Government.
Mr Craig Kelly (Federal MP for Hughes), John Alexander (Federal MP for Bennelong), Dr Geoff Lee (NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism), Matt Kean (Parliamentary Secretary for Treasury), The Hon David Clarke (Parliamentary Secretary for Justice), Mark Taylor MP (Member of Parliament for Seven Hills), Ms Michelle Rowland (MP for Greenway and Shadow Minister for Communication), Julie Owens (MP for Parramatta and Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business), Jodi Mckay (State MP for Strathfield and Shadow NSW Minister), Julia Finn (MP for Granville), Sophie Cotsis (Upper House MP and Shadow NSW Minister), Dr Michelle Byrne (Deputy Mayor, The Hills Shire), Mr Gurdeep Singh (Deputy Mayor, Hornsby Shire) and Dr Harry Harinath (Chair of Multicultural NSW) were other dignitaries at the celebration.
Special attractions were political leaders, some of whom had dressed in Indian attire. Michelle Rowland, Julia Finn, Julie Owens and Jodi Mckay were wearing the Sari and Matt Kean was dressed in a traditional Shalwar Kurta. Sophie Cotsis was in a Punjabi dress.
FIAN is grateful to the people who attended. We are grateful to our sponsors: CBA, Western Union, Square Yards, Bathla Group, SBI Sydney, Air India, India Tourism, Castle Group, Desi Group, Indian Link Media, Bank of Baroda, Sharmas Kitchen, Maya Da Dhaba, Atlas Consultants, Central Equity, Patel Brothers Group, Union Bank of India, ABC Printing.
Special gratitude for City of Parramatta Council, which worked with us for months to guide us in every way possible, besides supporting us financially, to organise and deliver this hugely successful event. Paul Osborne from Catapult Creative helped us organise and deliver it efficiently and smartly.
We are looking forward to organising INDIA DAY 2017 right here in Parramatta. Stay tuned……
Dr Yadu Singh
Federation of Indian Associations of NSW