La Trobe signs on with Sunraysia Indian Association

La Trobe University are getting behind the Sunraysia Indian Association, signing on as a Gold Event Sponsor of this weekend’s Festival of Lights – India Day.

The annual event has been five months in the making and will be held this Saturday evening at the Mildura Arts Centre.

Head of Campus in Mildura Sandy Connor says La Trobe is thrilled to support the community event.

“We are very excited to be supporting the event and the local Indian community.  Our campus here in Mildura has many Indian students and our University as a whole has a rich history with India.  We are a partner of the Indian Film Festival and every year, in collaboration with the famous Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, we award a PhD scholarship to a female researcher from India looking to make a meaningful impact in the world.”

La Trobe Agribusiness alum now Manager at the Grewal Golden Grain farms, Aman Singh, is involved with the Association.  Aman’s family are the patron of the Sunraysia Indian Association and says their work is very important to the Mildura community.

“There is a growing Indian community in the region and over the past few years this growth has been seen significant. The Sunraysia Indian Association raises awareness of the Indian population to the wider society of Mildura and organising such events allows other to get a better understanding of the different and diverse cultures that are in the Mildura region.

“La Trobe has always had a positive impact on the community and getting involved with this cultural event shows their commitment towards diversity and multiculturalism,” Aman says.

At the event will be cultural performances, Indian food stalls, kids entertainment, a DJ and fireworks.

The India Day festivities will kick off at 5.00pm on Saturday 22 October at the Mildura Arts Centre.  Tickets can be purchased via the Mildura Arts Centre online ticketing system.