Auspire commends WA division of UNAA as it celebrates 77th anniversary

  • 25 October 2022

On Friday 21st October, Auspire attended the 77th anniversary of United Nations Day gala event hosted by the United Nations Association of Australia (WA), to recognise and celebrate the significant milestone for the United Nations and congratulate the recipients of the United Nations Association Australia (WA) Awards.

UNAAWA immediate past President and Auspire Ambassador, Dr Sandy Chong, who is an award-winning community advocate, welcomed guests to the event at Pan Pacific Perth. After a highly productive and successful three-year term in the President’s role, Ms Chong graciously thanked the community for its support and introduced the new President, Randhir Amoganathan.

Craig Challen speaking on stage

Speakers during the evening included 2019 Australian of the Year, Craig Challen OAM (pictured above), who highlighted the great things that can happen when different nations work together, reflecting upon the efforts of thousands of individuals for the cave rescue of the soccer team of young boys and their coach in Thailand in 2018 . The Audience also heard from WA State Director of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Sally Dawkins.

Recipients for the UNAAWA Awards included John Aciek for his work in Human Rights, Tanya Langford received the Gender Equality Award, and WA Forrest Alliance took the Environmental Action Award. Auspire also congratulates the Sustainable Development Goals Challenge winners – Edith Cowan University Students, Hashini Perera and Tiasha Muller.

group of dancers on stage

Guests were treated to performances by WA Chin Community with a Chin Harvesting dance, WA Gu Zheng Music Academy performing the Jasmine Flower and Indian Dance by Indian Fusion. The audience was also introduced to United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, who delivered his 2022 UN Day message, which can be viewed here.

The UNAAWA aspires to ensure that local communities achieve a better and more sustainable future for all, as set out by the Sustainable Development Goals, which Auspire fully supports in the way of encouraging active citizenship, community contribution,  inclusivity and diversity throughout our events and programs. Auspire is proud to be a member of UNAAWA supporting its programs and initiatives.

Photo of seated audience

Photo credit: Cloud9Projects

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