Khushal Vyas receives Youth Medal at Premier’s Harmony Dinner awards

Premier’s Harmony Dinner at Rosehill Gardens hosted by Multicultural NSW. Picture © Salty Dingo 2017

Khushaal Vyas  from the Indian community received the Youth Medal on Premier’s Harmony Day Dinner Awards where Premier Gladys  Berejiklian presented Multicultural Community Medals to  Mohamed Hage – Economic Participation;  Robbie Mackinlay – Regional Communities Medal;  Carolina Triana – Arts and Culture Medal;  Dr Xue Feng Zhang (Commendation);  Antoinette Abdelseed – Lifetime Community Service;  Moving Forward Together Association – Stepan Kerkyasharian AO Harmony Award;  Karim (Ken) Habak OAM – Human Rights Medal  with  Charlie Lowles OAM,  Boutros (Peter) Indari and  Shmouel (Sam) Warda getting the Multicultural Honour Roll.  
Khushaal Vyas was a member of the Fairfield City Council Youth Advisory Committee who worked on planning and delivering a number of festivals in the Local Government Area. Khushaal ran the Cancer Council Relay for Life, Bring It On! Festival, Cabramatta Moon Festival and a youth conference.

Moving Forward Together Association, a volunteer organisation that established a solidarity walk confronting racism and discrimination received top honours at the 2017 Premier’s Harmony Dinner.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian presented the Stepan Kerkyasharian AO Harmony Award to the Moving Forward Together Association at an event at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.

“The Moving Forward Together Association is run by volunteers who devote their lives to promoting fairness,harmony and respect, and the annual Harmony Walk brings people from all walks of life together in spirit of unity and solidarity,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“I also congratulate all recipients of tonight’s Multicultural Community Medals for their dedicated work towards making our society more peaceful, tolerant and inclusive.”

Chair of the Association and Founder of the Harmony Walk Ernie Friedlandler OAM is a Holocaust survivor who received an Order of Australia medal in 2006 for leading projects to confront racism.

The Moving Forward Together Association also manages a state-wide harmony poster and song competition which receives up to 6000 entries from NSW school students annually.

Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams said the Premier’s Harmony Dinner, now in its sixth year, is a celebration of NSW’s cultural diversity.

“The medallists recognised tonight are truly remarkable. They are the faces of the often unsung and humble work of members of our community,” Mr Williams said.

“This event showcases the very best of our society coming together.”






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