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INDAUS Fair on 11 August to raise funds for victims of Uttarakhand flash-floods

As part of the Indian Independence Day celebrations in Sydney, the Indian Australian Association of NSW is organising an ‘INDAUS Fair’ to celebrate integration, harmony and multiculturalism. The fair will also raise funds for the victims of the Uttarakhand flash-floods in India, which claimed thousands of lives in June this year, with several thousands still feared missing.

“The flash floods have resulted in huge loss of lives, property and infrastructure and it needs immediate attention. More than 4000 people were killed, many became homeless, several lost their life-time investments and many are still struggling to survive. Many roads, bridges, villages and towns have been washed away. Rescue efforts were heroically performed by the Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Force and civic authorities,” says Dr. Yadu Singh, president of the Indian Australian Association of NSW. “But the devastation in the region is going to have a lingering effect on people for a long time. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, which is why the money collected from the INDAUS fair will go towards helping the flood victims of Uttarakhand,” he adds.

Dr Singh says that INDAUS Inc had originally planned to send the net profits from the ‘INDAUS Fair’ to the India House project, but the committee changed their mind as they felt the tragedy in Uttarakhand was a more immediate and deserving cause.

The INDAUS fair will be a daylong cultural programme in which various dance forms and cultural activities will be showcased. Shiamak Davar’s Bollywood dance troupe will perform at the fair along with the Mango Dance Group and the Pacific Island group. Apart from Bollywood dance numbers, bhangra and kathak dance shows will also be highlights of the celebrations.

For children, the fair will have fun rides. The entry ticket is priced at $7 and there will be free parking for at least 7000 cars. Lucky draws will also be conducted at the fair, and prizes range from a return ticket to anywhere (courtesy Value World Travels) to hotel stays and gift hampers. Another highlight will be the food stalls showcasing a range of cuisine.

“Several politicians including various ministers, MPs, candidates contesting the elections and political leaders from both the parties will be attending the event,” says Dr Singh.

“We are making every possible effort to make this fair a big success and to collect as much as we can for the Uttrakhand victims,” he adds.

The event is on 11 August at Rosehill Gardens, Rosehill Race Course, NSW.

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