Congratulations to Hari Khadka
NAFA is delighted to announce that out of a strong field of nominees, Hari is the winner of the Queensland Multicultural Award for Outstanding Volunteer 2010. Hari was nominated for the award by President Rod Setterlund for his tireless volunteer work over many years helping the local Nepali community, particularly students, supporting NAQ and NAFA, and forging links between Nepalis and the broader community.
He received the award from the Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk MP, Minister for Disability Services and Multicultural Affairs on 29th September at a dinner function attended by over 200 people from diverse cultural backgrounds in Queensland. In his thank you speech Hari made special mention of the support for his work provided by wife Rajani, son Sumit and daughter Salika. He commended the Queensland Government for its efforts in recognising the good work that people do in the community. A summary of the nomination for Hari follows:
“Due to 15 years of untiring volunteer work, Hari Khadka is the most respected community figure in the Nepali community in Brisbane and is also greatly respected by all those with whom he works in the wider community. He believes in humanity and fights for values of equality and respect. Hari continues to make an enormous contribution to the lives of both Nepali and non-Nepali people in Brisbane and to a multicultural society through his personal efforts to assist people and his work with NAQ and NAFA. He brings qualities of warmth, enthusiasm and excellent organising skills to all he undertakes. Hari makes a significant contribution to raising the profile of Nepalis in Queensland, maintaining Nepali culture, helping Nepalis to bond as a vibrant, warm and caring community and fostering strong bonds between Nepalis and the wider Queensland community”.