Tomorrow, 26 January, we will celebrate Australia Day. I wonder how many of us have an understanding of what this day actually celebrates. How many of us are solely focused on the fact that it’s a public holiday? A day off work . A day to spend relaxing or enjoying a barbie with family and friends. A day to enjoy a beer with mates.
Australia Day is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by Captain Arthur Phillip in 1788.
Australia Day is the day we are reminded of what is so great about our beautiful country, our people and our diverse society. It’s the day we come together to celebrate what is great about Australia. It’s the day we celebrate being Australian. We have plenty to be so proud of. We have a bright future. Our children have a bright future and endless opportunities. We are so very lucky to call Australia our home.
At the core of celebrating Australia Day is the celebration of our people, ordinary Australians who contribute so much to make this country so great. Tomorrow I’ll be spending my Australia Day with some great Australians. Tomorrow I know I’m going to feel truly Australian.
Onya Magazine is hosting the Onya Aid fundraiser to raise cash for those affected by the devastating floods in Queensland and Victoria. Funds from Onya Aid will be donated to The Australian Red Cross. What a fine example this event is of our great Aussie spirit. Our great Aussie spirit to help our neighbours, our mates.
The event will be held at Honey Bar. Honey Bar owner Steve Vallas has generously donated his venue for the event. Entry is just $5 at the door. One hundred per cent of proceeds from admission, auctions, lucky dips, donations and Honey Bar profits will be donated to Onya Aid.
This event is the finest example of how we can make Australia an even better place for future generations. Tomorrow I’ll witness what is great about Australia and being an Australian. Tomorrow I will feel proud to be an Australian.
I can’t think of a better way to spend my Australia Day. There is a whole lot more to Australia Day than it being just another public holiday.