On 31 March, day 96 of the Queens Baton Relay, Reena Augustine represented the Australian and the Indian community, carrying the baton from 999 Brunswick Road, New Farm at 3pm.
Reena, who came to Australia as a student, now works as a migration agent, and offers her service to the community as a photographer, event organizer, and stage manager.
Reena’s multicultural fashion show, which she organised in 2015, 2016, and 2017 led her to become the Queen’s Baton Bearer in 2018. “My fashion show aimed to bring several nations together. It won me the Brisbane Women in Business Award for Community Dedication 2016 and the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Round Table Scholarship for 2017-2018,” adds Reena, who was also placed within the Lord Mayor’s final 12 for the 2016 Mayoral Awards and a finalist in the category of Entrepreneurial and Innovative Leader by access community centre.
When asked about what inspired her community involvement, Reena, now a proud Australian citizen, says, “I volunteer because I want to give something back to the community. I believe that if you want to live in the community and feel to be a part of it you must give something back!”
She adds, “Australia is an inclusive country and the Queen’s Baton carries a strong message of inclusivity, diversity and community so I am extremely proud to be part of such a meaningful event. All the baton bearers I see here gave so much to the community and to be included with them means a lot to me and it inspires me beyond words.”