SPECIAL DAY OUR CHOICE TO ENJOY
AS we approach the Australia Day holiday, many of us are thinking how to best celebrate the occasion. For some it is a day with family, while for others it is a day of reflection. For Australia Day Council for WA Ambassador and former Afghan refugee Akram Azimi, much of the day relates to choice, something not afforded to him in his homeland. The 2013 Young Australian of the Year arrived in Australia 16 years ago and went from an ostracised child to school head boy. He recently completed a triple major in law, science and arts at UWA and now helps young people in remote and rural WA – choices he made to give back to his adopted country. How we celebrate our nation’s special day is up to us - regardless of age, race or religion. So whether the day is spent reflecting, splashing around at a pool party, eating lamb at a barbecue, playing backyard cricket or watching the spectacular fireworks display – it’s a choice left all up to you. Happy Australia Day!
Belinda Cipriano - CNG Editor