Hello and welcome to the October edition of our community stakeholder newsletter.
This month we have celebrated Diwali, an annual event of great significance to the Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist communities. The word ‘Diwali’ means ‘a row of lights.’ It’s celebrated by lighting small oil lamps called diyas, which symbolise the lifting of spiritual darkness and the renewal of life.
Coinciding with Diwali is also a Sikh holiday known as Bandi Chhor Divas. I hope that everyone who celebrated these occasions is enlightened with new knowledge and chances to grow and prosper, together. To everyone who joined us to see the Opera House awash with light, thank you!
I’m also honoured that Multicultural NSW is a finalist in three categories of the 2022 Premier’s Awards for our work to support the community during COVID-19. I’m immensely proud of our collaboration across Government and with the community to keep people safe and informed during the pandemic. You can read more about our nominations below.
Also, a reminder that the NSW Government is continuing to provide free rapid antigen tests (RATs) to vulnerable communities. Eligible Commonwealth Concession Card holders can pick up free RATs from any Service NSW Service Centre, Mobile Service Centre, or Disaster Recovery Centre.
Thanks for your continued support.
Joseph La Posta
CEO, Multicultural NSW