We'd like to warmly congratulate the winners of this year's City of PAE Australia Day Awards - announced on Wednesday 25th during a stunning evening ceremony on board HMAS Leeuwin Well done everyone and thank-you to each nominee for the wonderful ways in which you contribute to our community.
Yunus Noori was nominated for Citizen of the Year in recognition of his considerable contribution to the community through successfully implementing many inclusive sporting initiatives, promoting healthy lifestyle and supporting community cohesion. Yunus has been involved mentoring the Afghan community through sport for over 15 year as a sports coach and volunteer mentor. Through his work with Lutheran Community Care, he has helped countless newly-arrived families settle and establish their lives in the Port Adelaide Enfield community.
Kyran Dixon was nominated for Young Citizen of the Year in recognition of his hard work, strength, determination and the example he sets for other young Indigenous people. Kyran faced a significant challenge in 2014 when he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukaemia. Rather than allowing this to deter him from achieving his goals, Kyran became involved in raising funds for the Leukaemia Foundation and raising awareness by becoming an ambassador for the annual Charity Round in the SANFL. Kyran has also excelled in sports and studies, with many notable achievements in both fields.
Kym and Jarrod created Izla’s Purple Crusade five years ago to complete the City to Bay Fun Run and raise awareness and over $21,000 for epilepsy. Since then Izla’s Purple Crusade has continued to host fundraising events in the Semaphore area raising $80,000 for Epilepsy SA/NT. This year fundraising included a Purple Day morning tea, a movie night and the highly successful Carousel Fun Run which attracted over 600 participants and raised $20,000. All these events have brought many people from the local community together and incited a sense of community spirit.
The Port Adelaide Shellfish Restoration Project Group promotes inclusion of young people through community-based citizen science opportunities. Local partnerships have been developed with schools and local businesses on the Lefevre Peninsula to facilitate the monitoring of trial shellfish restoration sites in the Port River. The group conducts important local research on oyster colonisation, contributes to efforts to improve water quality and stabilising our shoreline from erosion due to the impacts of climate change.
Vaisakhi Mela Indian Festival was delivered by the Punjab Aussie Association of South Australia to showcase Indian culture. The Indian community, especially the northern Indian community, is the fastest growing in the City of Port Adelaide Enfield. The April 2016 Festival brought together participants from other cultures through artistic expression, cultural food and specialty merchandise. The event promoted inclusion by showcasing the emerging northern Indian (especially Punjabi) community's culture - a first-time experience for many community members. Over 6,000 people attended the event which was held at Klemzig Oval.