Africa Day in Blacktown
Many GLAPD members attended Africa Day as part of the recent Blacktown Festival. Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), presently known as the Africa Union (AU). The AU, comprised of 54 member states, has brought together the continent of Africa to address the challenges it has faced, such as armed conflict, climate change, and poverty.
The day started with the All Nations Parade. This historic event has been facilitated to celebrate the anniversary of the inception of the Organization of the African Union OAU and later known as the African Union AU. It was years of dedicated struggle by many great and visionary leaders both in Africa and in the international Diaspora.
On this day we recognize the continuing efforts by those Africans outside of Africa who continue to work tirelessly to bring hope and support to the motherland.
The afternoon festivities included a tribute to Nelson Mandela by Kolin Thumbadoo ; music, songs and dances from various African nations and an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, with STARTTS and SBS also in attendance.
The day was a great demonstration of the harmony that can exist between all members of the African community in Sydney. Many thanks to the organisers and sponsors including STARTTS, SBS, the AC Law Group, the Egypt Reservation Centre, Universal Peace Federation (UPF), the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Blacktown City Council.