KARI’s relationship with Corporate Club Australia (CCA) continues to grow as the organisation again played an integral role across Australia Day 2019. The celebrations began with Corporate Club Australia’s Annual Australia Day luncheon on the 18th of January at the International Convention Centre. Supported by KARI and Australia Post, the luncheon saw over 800 corporate guests attend this prestigious event in order to celebrate our achievements as a nation.
Hosted by Adam Spencer, the luncheon included guest speakers such as Premier of NSW, The Hon Gladys Berejikilian.
KARI CEO Casey Ralph addressed the crowd, speaking of the importance of the partnership with Corporate Club Australia and uniting as a nation to celebrate together, before introducing NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
The KARI Singers gave a historic performance to the crowd with their rendition of Yothu Yindi’s “World Turning“. Later on they were delighted to perform alongside Jon Stevens, as they sang INXS song, “Burn For You”.
It was with immense pride in their culture and nation that the KARI Singers concluded the lunch with the National Anthem in Darug language, as well as English. Their performance was outstanding and gained applause from the entire room.
The Australia Day celebrations continued on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, where an array of Australian artists performed in celebration of Australia.
The line-up of Australian artists included the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Jon Stevens and Yothu Yindi and the Treaty Project as well as our very own KARI Singers.
Our KARI Singers represented their culture strongly when performing the National Anthem in language. They were then joined by fellow Australian artists to perform the anthem in English.
KARI continues to lead the way as the only Indigenous organisation to participate in the Australia Day Program, as Corporate Club Australia’s official Community Partner. We are proud to have played a significant role in the program again in 2019.
Once again, Corporate Club Australia organised an outstanding series of events for Australia to express our national pride. KARI’s partnership with Corporate Club Australia will only continue to grow and drive positive change to the Indigenous community.