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Nelson Mandela Day 2016

2016 Mandela Day & launch of future voices

The 2016 Nelson Mandela Day was celebrated with a special service at St Brendan’s Catholic Church, Shepparton where Reverend. Fr. Joe Taylor officiated.  To further mark the day, Mr Ray Sithole, South Africa’s Acting High Commissioner in Australia who graced the church service in the morning,  was on hand in the evening as the Guest Speaker at the launching of  The Future Voices Youth Leadership Program at La Trobe University, Shepparton.

‘‘Big things come in small packages. You only have to look at the example of Nelson Mandela who came from a small village,’’ Mr Sithole said.‘‘The power is inside us, it’s not about our background.‘‘You can achieve a lot with passion and education.’’

At the event, Dr Apollo Nsubuga-Kyobe (Chair of Future Voices) hinted that Future Voices directly works with young people from migrant, indigenous, refugee and people from low-socio economical backgrounds to close the unemployment gap and improve social cohesion.

‘‘We encourage young people to take part and learn from past alumni of the New Generations program, to dream big and also to look beyond their own world and become global citizens,’’ he said.

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Mr Ray Sithole Acting High Commissioner of the Republic of South Africa Commission. Canberra