2010 Timeline for the Australian Lebanese Foundation
Mr. Marcel Ghanem and some of his TV crew visited Sydney, having accepted the Foundation’s invitation.
Marcel Ghanem has hosted several popular programs on the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation, LBC, a foremost Lebanese/Arab TV station. His political talk show – Kalam Al Nass – which has been aired relentlessly for more than 12 years is one of the most prominent talk shows in the Middle East which also successfully reaches Arabic-speaking communities all around the world.
In addition to interviews with distinguished Arab and worldwide leaders, Marcel Ghanem has been dealing with sensitive economic and social issues from a political perspective. He has interviewed many senior international politicians including Presidents Chirac and Gorbachev, and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
On Tuesday 2nd March the Foundation held our annual SCHOLARSHIP DINNER in MacLaurin Hall, The University of Sydney.
It was an honour when Prof. Marie Bashir, AC CVO, and extremely exciting when the NSW Premier, Kristina Keneally, agreed to be our guest and attend the dinner.
We were very proud to be able to present two distinguished guest speakers, Premier Keneally and Mr. Ghanem.
This year 11 scholarships were awarded to outstanding students attending The University of Sydney.
- Berhan Kassem, sponsored by Mr. John Symond.
- Samer Elsadik, sponsored by Australian World Trading.
- Lauren Younan, sponsored by World Lebanese Cultural Union, NSW Branch.
- Ahmad Samrout, sponsored by Caltex M4.
- Natalie Younis, sponsored by Dasco Construction.
- Pamela Srour, sponsored by Dyldam Developments.
- Leanne Saba, sponsored by Ghossayn Group.
- Jil Salhani, sponsored by Holdmark Property Group.
- Joseph Hajj, sponsored by Dental Corporation.
- Maria Mezher, sponsored by Navado Lawyers & Solicitors.
- Stephanie Zughbi, sponsored by Mr. Louie Sukari.
Dr. Chris Scarf eloquently carried out master of ceremonies duties while guests enjoyed the culinary delights offered to them, with music entertainment, both oriental and classical string quartet.
Once again guests enjoyed a first class evening. Feedback reported Speaker Richard Torbay MP commented very positively on the Foundation’s Dinner at a meeting of Parliament; and Premier Keneally and Barbara Perry MP remarked on the impressive style of the Dinner.
On Thursday 4th and Friday 5th March Mr. Marcel Ghanem hosted two live to air Kalam Al Nass shows broadcast from The University of Sydney. Some of the guests interviewed included:- Sir Nicholas Shehadie AC OBE; The Hon. Barbara Perry MP; The Hon. Edward Obeid MLC; The Hon. Shaoquett Moselmane MLC; author and philosopher Jonar Nader; comedian and actor Rob Shehadie; GP and author / playwright Dr. Loubna Haikal; journalist and author Emilie Chantiri.
On 21st April the Foundation held its eighth Annual General Meeting where the new Council members for 2010 were nominated and elected.
At the council meeting following the AGM the President, Prof. Fadia Ghossayn announced the Commonwealth Bank of Australia has agreed to continue as Major Sponsor of the Foundation in 2011.
The Foundation was invited by the Lions Club International district 351, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, to organise a dinner on 27th June. At the dinner for 150 people, 45 representatives attending the Lions International Convention were introduced to some of the Australian Lebanese community in Sydney. The dinner was an opportunity for the ALF to show hospitality to its sponsors as well as make effective contact with the Lions Clubs leaders in Lebanon. The event was a huge success for both parties and guests enjoyed a memorable evening.
On 3 December the ALF hosted the [[b||GIBRAN TRIBUTE DINNER] following the official opening of the "Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, The Artist, the Man" exhibition at the State Library of NSW. The Library is displaying Gibran's art and writings on loan from the Gibran Museum in Bsharri, Lebanon until 20 February 2011.
The memorable dinner was held at the InterContinental Hotel. Mr. Greg Ward acted as MC and played his role in a very professional and eloquent manner, introducing special guest The Hon. Virginia Judge MP (Minister for the Arts), His Exc Salim Wardy (Lebanese Minister of Culture) and Dr Youssef Taouk representing the Becharrie Association.
Keynote speaker for the evening was the acclaimed Mr. Jonar Nader, author, lecturer and broadcaster, who entharalled guests with his sharp wit and his thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking presentation.
Feedback from guests was nothing but praise for the high quality of the evening.