NSW honour for Raoul Wallenberg
At the NSW Premier’s Harmony Dinner later this month a Human Rights Medal will be awarded the first time in honour of Raoul Wallenberg who saved tens of thousands of lives during the Holocaust in World War II.
Wallenberg was credited to have saved the lives of tens of thousands in Nazi- controlled Hungary. He reportedly died in 1952 in Russia.
Minister for Multiculturalism Ray Williams described the event as the centrepiece of the multicultural calendar that brings together all communities.
“The Harmony Dinner showcases our unique Australian story, in our State we come from 245 countries and speak 215 languages,” Mr Williams said.
“It’s a night of colour, music and dance to celebrate the cultural diversity of New South Wales. I look forward to some blockbuster performances from top talent across the country including Australian favourite, Paulini.”
The Premier will present the Multicultural Community Medals and Multicultural Honour Roll which acknowledge achievements across categories for community harmony, youth, economic participation and lifetime achievement.
Last year’s winner of the Youth Medal, Ram Khanal, recognised for his volunteer work with the Bhutanese community in Albury, said it was great to see an emphasis on engaging youth and young people as part of the Premier’s community medals.
“Since receiving the Youth Medal, I’ve been able to raise the public profile of my work to help build skills and confidence in young people and increase intercultural dialogue between people of all backgrounds.”
Last year around 1,400 guests attended the night, including community leaders, corporate and business leaders, Members of Parliament and the media.
The Premier’s Harmony Dinner is part of Multicultural March, a program of activities across the state showcasing our cultural diversity and complementing events taking place to mark Harmony Day on 21 March.
Tickets are available for the not to be missed 2017 Premier’s Harmony Dinner being held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on 16 March.