The UIA has announced that sponsorships are picking up for the 2014 India Australia Friendship Fair to be held at the Blacktown Sportspark. Launching the flyer for this year’s fair at the Westpac branch on Church Street, Parramatta, president of UIA John Kennedy said this year support for the fair from sponsors, officials and the wider Indian community seems to be much greater than previous years. So far the UIA has been able to get 12 sponsors, and discussions are underway with more businesses interested in being associated with the fair.
The main sponsors this year are Best & Less Travel and Westpac. UIA Treasurer Suraj Kapila, bank manager of Westpac Church Street, says the association’s new team is determined to deliver an outstanding fair as the beginning of a new chapter for the UIA. Kapila says that the fair will be followed by several measures to widen the influence of the association within the Indian community. Kapila also says that his team is working proactively for an India House in Sydney, with the help of Wespac. Joint treasurer Sanjiv Misra says that preparations for the fair are just the beginning of the new team’s ambitious plans for the association in the years ahead. Misra says stall bookings are picking up too.
Secretary of UIA Dave Passi says that this year the UIA will also strive towards greater unity with the help of other Indian associations. Passi says that the UIA will also deliver on its promises of transparency and better governance. He says that once the fair is over the new UIA team has plenty of work to do within the association to ensure smoother functioning.
Best & Less’s Mehdi Juddani says that his organisation is confident in the new UIA team and so has decided to revive their relationship with the association through sponsorship of the fair.
Among the dignitaries at this year’s fair will be Westpac’s state general manager Jason Stephens and regional manager Ross Watts. As usual state and federal politicians will also attend the fair. India’s high commissioner too has given his blessings to the UIA fair.
Published in Indian diaspora magazine, Sydney