The littlest members of the community enjoy a day of fun
In India, 14 November is celebrated as Children’s Day to honour India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlaal Nehru. This year, the Federation of Indian Communities of South Australia (FICSA) celebrated Children’s Day for the first time in Adelaide with a free community event.
There were competitions including fancy dress, painting and an India quiz. Nearly 100 children participated in various activities all focused on having fun.
FICSA President Biju Joseph said the organisation wanted to acknowledge young families in the area and provide a day everyone could enjoy.
“Kids are always dragged to grown up’s activities and functions,” Joseph said. “This was an occasion for the children and we wanted to make sure that they enjoyed this day to the fullest.”
The day started with a fancy dress competition organised according to different age groups. Kids dressed up as pirates, Krishna and Bollywood’s own super hero Krish.
One of the most popular activities was the painting competition which had the highest number of entrants, according to Priya Premkumar, Secretary of FICSA. Famous South Australian artist Daniel O’Connor provided his services as a judge. He also supplied the broad topic ‘Lights’ to suit the festive season. He encouraged children to explore their creativity and interpretation of the topic.
The South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) also participated in the event with kids’ cricket clinics. Redbacks player Camron Valente also made an appearance and gave a motivational speech to the kids.
The Australian Air League also presented a very informative session to children and their parents about the league, as well as educational and career options in the aviation industry.
The biggest hit of the day was the talented magician and the Rubik’s cube competition.
Apart from all these artistic and sports endeavours, the kids also got an opportunity to showcase their performing arts skills. From dancing to singing, stand-up comedy to playing saxophone, the stage was buzzing with creative and enthusiastic kids. The event was inaugurated by City of Salisbury Lord Mayor Gillian Aldridge who acknowledged the diversity and contributions the Indian community brings to the region.
The event was widely applauded by local parents and the community. All the children received a certificate of participation and winners in each category of the different competitions received prizes.
The Federation of Indian Communities of South Australia has also announced a blood donation camp on 18 December to further contribute towards the Australian community.