The 2015 Scholarship Presentation Dinner was held on 6th May in MacLaurin Hall, which was filled to capacity with close to 400 guests for our extravaganza event.
Guest speakers included:
His Excellency Bishop Antoine Charbel Tarabay;
The Hon Thomas George, MP representing Premier Mike Baird;
Mr Joseph Rizk, CEO Arab Bank Australia, event sponsor;
Mr Jonar Nader, author and management consultant

McLaurin Hall dinner venue

McLaurin Hall dinner venue

screen with event displayed

Event screen welcome

Speech Bishop

HE Bishop Tarabay

Speech Thomas George MP

The Hon Thomas George MP

This year ALF Scholarships were awarded to eight Sydney University students in their first year of study:-

Joseph Bassil (B Eng Hons/Adv Science) sponsored by Apollo Kitchens;
Noura El-Hajje
(B Economics/B Arts) sponsored by Bank of Sydney;
Justine Fares
(B Science) sponsored by Caltex M4;
Jade Hannaford
(B Arts/B Law) sponsored by Eastern Pacific;
Alessia Moujaes
(B Arts/B Law) sponsored by John Symond;
Jacintha Shina
(B Pharmacy) sponsored by Payce;
Christopher Youssef
(B Commerce) sponsored by Paynter Dixon;
Paul Youssef
(B Medical Science) sponsored by Radray Construction.


Scholarship Recipients

Joe Rizk

Event Sponsor, Arab Bank CEO Mr Joseph Rizk

The event's outstanding MC, Dr Elie Matar, was himself an ALF scholarship recipient in 2005 and is currently a very supportive and proactive council member.

Elie Matar MC

MC, Dr Elie Matar

During the evening Professor Ghossayn was proud to announce a three year partnership commitment by Payce Consolidated Limited's CEO, Mr Brian Boyd, which will enable the ALF to continue its increasingly popular Lecture Series.

We were also proud to introduce our Arts and Culture Award programme, sponsored in its inaugural year by the Ghossayn Group, which aims to encourage and promote young people of Lebanese heritage who display excellence in any of a range of arts and cultural pursuits.
During the evening the audience was treated to a programme of remarkable young performers:-
Angelo and Joya Nicolas on violins;
Jack Bettar on piano;
Elie Hachem and Charbel El Azzi on electric keyboard and oud;
Ronnie Ayoub on Arabic flute;
Dominic Azzi on violin;
and a speech by Mary-Claire Nassif.

Ghossayn Arts Sponsor

Arts & Culture Awards Sponsor Ghossayn Group


Sara Hamad singing New York New York

Performers with awards

Performers with their Awards

Audience applauding

Audience displaying their enthusiasm

Mr Jonar Nader took to the stage and captivated the audience with a special 30-minute talk entitled 'Stupidity under the microscope'. Jonar used 3D animation to take us on a journey to prove that stupidity is a very expensive problem in corporations, institutions, and society in general, providing a range of humorous and thought-provoking examples of how stupidity manifests itself at the hands of intelligent people. Everyone enjoyed the anecdotes and the fly-through animations and graphics, with one guest reporting "the silence in that room was deafening".

Jonar on stage

Mr Jonar Nader

Once again guests experienced a thoroughly entertaining and memorable ALF awards night.

Ensuing feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with numerous requests for a DVD of the event.

If you have not already requested a copy and would like to experience the event again or for the first time, please contact our office and a copy will be mailed to you.

2015 Council

2015 ALF Council Members

Bishop and Nicolas Snr

HE Bishop Tarabay with Mr Nicolas

Guests, Deiri

Guests enjoying the evening

Guests, Chahine

Guests enjoying the evening

Guests, Kaldis

Guests enjoying the evening

Guests, Rahme

Guests enjoying the evening

Guests, Rizk, Khattar

Guests enjoying the evening

Guests, Mansour

Guests enjoying the evening