11 May 2017

CF 2017 - President's Welcome - Thuat Nguyen

It is with immense pleasure that I welcome you all to our Children’s Festival 2017 in this beautiful First Fleet Park in the heart of the City of Sydney.

The theme of the Children’s Festival 2017 is “Building on our Diversity”. The Organising Committee was delighted with the overwhelming response from so many schools, community and youth groups through their enthusiastic participation in the children’s parade and on-stage performances.

The success of our Children’s Festival over the last 18 years has proved that it meets the expectations of our community in so many ways. We strongly believe that children are a starting point in building social cohesion and therefore Children’s Festival is one of the best ways to create harmony in our community as well as to make us feel proud of being Australians. The experience of The Children's Festival has shown that this event is contributing to a more cohesive society and promoting peace in our community.
May I take this opportunity to particularly thank the NSW Government for their very kind support. I would also like to thank Multicultural NSW, Place Management NSW, the City of Sydney, Scouts Australia-NSW, Settlement Services International, Metro Assist, SBS, Hoyts Entertainment Broadway and all other sponsors for their invaluable assistance.

To all participating groups in our festival today I would like to say thank you for your enthusiasm and dedication. So many volunteers have worked tirelessly in making this festival very successful indeed. It is very heartening to see so many young people play the key roles in organising this year’s Children’s Festival, and set such a wonderful example for the younger generation. I would also like to take this opportunity to especially congratulate our young friends, particularly the volunteers from International Student Leadership and Ambassador Program, Vietnamese Students Association, Federation for Family and World Peace for their outstanding work and their enthusiasm and happy volunteering spirit. I wish that this Festival will give them fond memories of their association with us and inspire them to continue working for the community wherever they live whether in Australia or in their home countries.

I invite everyone, whatever your background, to join this fun-filled day that celebrates who and what we are as a wonderfully successful and unique multicultural society. I welcome all children, parents and friends to join with me in celebrating the Children’s Festival 2017 in this lovely First Fleet Park in the City of Sydney. Let us all share together this very happy occasion. Have a wonderful day!

Thuat V. Nguyen OAM

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