Member for the Dubbo Electorate Dugald Saunders today announced two community organisations have received funding to deliver multicultural events in 2020, thanks to the NSW Government’s Celebrating Diversity Events grant program.
The NSW Central West Muslims Association is receiving $4,000.00 for its Eid Festival to help mark the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
The Festival has run for the past two years, with increasing community support, and Mr Saunders said he was happy to provide financial support so it could continue next year.
“The celebration of Eid is a great opportunity for people to get to know a bit more about some of the cultures and religious beliefs in our region, and enjoy some great food at the same time,” he said.
Dubbo’s Cross Cultural Carnival has also received funding, with $7,000.00 to help support the fifth year of the event through the Orana Residents of Indian and Sub Continental Heritage (ORISCON).
“ORISCON does a tremendous job in supporting a range of cultural groups in our region, and the Cross Cultural Carnival is a great example of that,” Mr Saunders said.
“This will be the fifth year of the event in its current format, and it has grown every year to now incorporate traditional music, dance and plays, along with cultural and culinary displays, and a huge range of incredible food.”
“It’s an absolute must on the multicultural calendar,” he said.
Mr Saunders also paid tribute to the volunteers involved in these groups locally.
“Events like this are really only possible because community members volunteer countless hours between other responsibilities, and we know how important that is in celebrating our community’s cultural diversity, and promoting a message of inclusion,” he said.