Affinity Intercultural Foundation presented its annual Australian Affinity Awards at a gathering in NSW Parliament House with over 160 guests in attendance
which comprises religious leaders, academics, politicians, educators and various other individuals from differing backgrounds on Wednesday, the 3rd of August 2011. The awards recognise the efforts of individuals who actively promote intercultural dialogue and the removal of religious prejudice in the Australian community.
The event was co-hosted by Affinity Intercultural Foundation and Liberals Party NSW State Minister for Citizenship & Community and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs The Hon Victor Dominello MP as well as Labor Party Shadow Attorney General The Hon Paul Lynch MP.
Notable award receivers included Rev Niall Reid, Moderator of Uniting Church Synod of NSW & ACT, who was awarded with the Interfaith award; Bishop David Walker, Bishop of Broken Bay Catholic Diocese and Prof Gail Whiteford, Pro Vice-Chancellor Social Inclusion, Macquarie University.
The media award was presented to Mr Hamish McDonald from the SMH for his contribution to the field of journalism, seeking balanced and ethical reporting. The education award was presented to Mr Philip Worrad for his outstanding efforts in promoting education, shaping the views of many students from his school in the NSW town of Orange to eradicate bigotry and foster harmony and respect.
In all, 7 awards were presented at the dinner co-hosted by the Affinity Intercultural Foundation, an organisation founded in 2001 by a group of young Australian Muslims specifically to promote cultural and religious awareness and understanding across the entire Australian community.
According to Mr Mehmet Saral, Affinity’s President, “The Awards recognise individuals for their significant contribution in bringing together Australians, and improving understanding between Australians of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds”.