African Professionals of Australia-Queensland hosted a very successful celebration on Thursday 18 July 2019 at Sunnybank Performing Arts Centre (SunPAC). This celebration of Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy was organized as part of a global movement taking Mandela’s life’s work into a new era and changing our world for the better. Mandela Day asks us all to “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day.”
This event was a wonderful opportunity for government, Non-government and Private sector stakeholders to interface, network and connect with African-Australian professionals from across a range of different occupations; Architects, Accountants, Engineers, Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers, Social Workers, and Business owners.
The celebration involved music and dance, international cuisine, and live entertainment.
A key highlight was an inspirational Public Lecture delivered by Mr. Olwethu Sipuka currently the Chief of Party of the Southern Africa Regional Learning Centre – Young African Leaders Initiative based at the University of South Africa. He also served as Acting Dean of Student Affairs at the University of South Africa and National Youth Commissioner in the Presidency, advising the South African government on youth development.
Key government Agencies, Non-government, private sector, and multicultural community groups represented at the event include;
Department of Home Affairs, Queensland Program of Assistance for Survivors of Torture & Trauma (QPASTT), Brisbane City Council, Queensland Government, Department of Local Government, Racing and Multicultural Affairs (Queensland), Queensland Police service, Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre (BEMAC), Australia Scholarship Group(ASG), Unimoni Pty Ltd, HELP Employment & Training, TAFE Queensland, Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland, World Arts & Multi-Culture Inc, Multicultural Development Australia Limited, Australian Red Cross, Access Group International Ltd, White Knight Realty, Kenmore mediation & Law Centre, Queensland African Communities Council, The Australian Myanmar Friendship Association of Queensland Inc, The Federation of Indian Communities Council of Queensland and Future Warriors Project.
At the event, we launched the “We Are One Australia” Project. This project was funded by the Department of Home Affairs Fostering Integration Grants program to support our new initiatives aimed at helping our members and the community more broadly to better integrate into Australian life.
Our event would not have been a huge success without support from our Major sponsors:
Queensland Program of Assistance for Survivors of Torture & Trauma (QPASTT)
Multicultural Development Australia Limited
Other supporters included:
Unimoni Pty Ltd
HELP Employment & Training
Australia Scholarship Group (ASG)
Sunnybank Performance Arts Centre (SunPAC)
Southern Africa Regional Learning Centre – Young African Leaders Initiative (University of South Africa)
And Most importantly African Professionals of Australia-Queensland Management committee, Advisory Team, Members, and all our amazing volunteers.