More than 800 attend Ryde Association’s Diwali fair

By Our Reporter

The first ever Ryde Indian fair, organised by the Ryde Indian Association, and held on 16 November at the North Ryde Common was a success with more than 800 people attending. It was a fun-filled family event with amusement rides, jumping castle for kids, cultural performances throughout the day, food stalls with mouth-watering cuisine from South and North India, including kulfi, jalebi and momos, stalls displaying jewellery, clothing, property markets, face painting , henna, wine tasting etc.

The success was also due to the dedicated Diwali fair team comprising festival chair/vice-president Ryde Indian Association Ashritha Mani, fair cultural director Shobha Ingleshwar, executive member Bijinder Dugal, Clr Bernard Purcell City of Ryde and Kedarnath (Kevin) Pagaddinnimath president Ryde Indian Association. (Article continues after photo gallery)

The fair was attended by the Hon. Minister for Customer Service and State MP for Ryde Victor Dominello, Hon. Natalie Ward MLC representing the Minister for Multiculturalism Hon Dr Geoff Lee, Hon. Rose Jackson MLC representing Opposition Leader and Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism, Clr Bernard Purcell representing the Mayor of Ryde Jerome Laxale, Federal MP for Bennelong John Alexander, Louise Bertoni SES Hunters Hill, Deputy Mayor of Hills Shire Reena Jethi, Ryde Councillors Sarkis Yedeliyan, Bernard Purcell, Trenton Brown, Edwina Clifton, Penny Pedersen, Christopher Gordon, Chris Moujalli, Moninder Singh from Blacktown and community leaders.

Ryde Indian Association decided to cancel the fireworks scheduled for 8pm as a mark of respect to the horrific bush fires and loss of valuable lives. A minute of silence was observed during the commencement of the formal proceedings and $500 was donated to SES Hunters Hill represented by Louise Bertoni.

Special thanks to Barbara Ward for organising our major sponsors; Lupus Australia, SHARE SMR Inc & Nutrition Australia NSW.

S.H.A.R.E. (Self Help Association through Responsibility and Enrichment), is a not-for-profit organisation, which seeks to empower people to make healthier choices by eating better and engaging in physical activities.

Lupus Australia is a community-based charity that works towards a world without Lupus and associated connective tissue diseases, through support education and research into a cure.

Nutrition Australia NSW is a non-government, non-profit, community based-organisation that aims to promote the health and wellbeing of all Australians. 


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