The Lady who has a RED smile -by Ashutosh Raina

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The lady who has a RED smile

Red Carpet Functions & its dynamic leader: Reena Augustine

By Ashutosh Raina
By Ashutosh Raina

Reena Augustine is the most remarkable young lady you may be fortunate enough to meet. And you surely will meet her in most of the Brisbane events, as a guest, MC or a participant!

Coming to Australia from India as a student, she is now an Australian Citizen and has a deep and lasting love for Brisbane. She has gone on to support community events for over six years volunteering her time, energy and goodwill along the way and continues to do so in her role as also the Lions Club Medical Research Personality Quest (LMPQ) 2016-2017. With a background of including and caring for everyone, the selection of Reena in ambassadorial role was an easy one for

the club to make. She supports people in so many ways by offering her services free of charge for the community as a photographer, event organiser, stage manager, model handler and many more.

Reena works as a migration lawyer in her business, Migration Net, She runs several businesses wearing several hats along the way with each one either bringing people together or providing a service or common cause to help others, while organising fashion shows and events, and doubles up as a charity worker and so much more.

She, in 2015,  produced Brisbane’s first multicultural fashion show, uniting over 500 people and many communities to produce a three-hour spectacular, and plans are already underway for 2016’s showcase.

Another project of Reena is ‘Moments With Reena’ which is a show interviewing prominent and motivational people of Brisbane to inspire viewers to achieve things in their own lives and, most importantly, offering encouragement to give back to the community as she does.

1Reena is also managing the programming for Radio 4EB Indian Programming Group’s (IPG) “Namaste World – A Multi-Cultural Carnival“, to be held on 6th August, 2016 from 11 am till 8 pm, at Rocklea Showgrounds, and is going to be the marquee event for the diverse communities in Queensland. More details can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/281861862151578/

Red Carpet Functions, the event management business of hers, has a “Cocktail Evening” booked in for August 12 at the chic & boutique style Melange Cafe in picturesque Roma Street Parklands. This is her first event of the year with a percentage of the night being graciously donated to the cause. Live on stage will be Brisbane Sound duo Lee Heron & Aras, with Lee later performing a solo set. Lee has sung at numerous functions and has a voice that many think is Elvis but will be singing other songs too in an evening of continuous entertainment. The event also boasts a fashion show with 4 designers and 24 of Brisbane’s most beautiful multicultural models walking on the night to showcase the many talents of Brisbane. Tickets for the event are just $25 + booking fee and can be located on the Red Carpet Functions Facebook page under their events tab. The online booking process is very straightforward and easy to complete. More details can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/RedCarpetFunctions/

Speaking exclusively to Indus Age, Reena had this to share; ‘It is always a beautiful thing to bring fashion and music together – the two go hand in hand, but to tie both in with the Lions Club and the fundraising campaign is something even more special. It will be a truly amazing evening.’

“We thank the readers of Indus Age, in advance, for your continuous support of this wonderful and amazing young lady”, Miss Reena Augustine. (https://www.facebook.com/reena.augustine)

For any additional info, and if you know of any such personality in Queensland, and want Australia to know about them, do get in touch with us:

Ashu – 0403208908

info@knowledgepartnerp.com / ashutosh.raina@gmail.com

Showcasing the countries at the Multicultural Mayor’s Dinner

Showcasing with a selection of the models who work with us. So many smiles and funny moments along the way. A big thank you to everyone for making the journey a happy and memorable one and here’s to many more happy times. 14102235_1779235435690184_446480352649150617_n

Supporting Gopio Queensland -Showcasing Indian states

Proudly celebrating Indian Independence Day with our ladies representing the states of India.
Thank you GOPIO for a wonderful day and thank you to all the team who made it so special.14086225_1443878578972445_8125406539978987287_o

Multicultural Watch-Moments With Reena- Aunty Flo

14067546_1772405209704553_1690422019640837425_nMoments With Reena Interview – Auntie Flo Watson (OAM) Aboriginal Elder

Earlier this month, Moments With Reena had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Aboriginal Elder and OAM Auntie Flo Watson in her home, in Brisbane. This woman’s workload is remarkable with her resume really needing to be split into chapters rather than mere pages.

As an Elder, Auntie Flo belongs to the Ghunghanghi People of Yarrabah, North Qld and is a traditional owner. She also Also affiliates with the Kuku-yelangi people of Laura/Maytown, Palmer River area and the Wulguru Kaba people of Magnetic Island near Townsville.

With a background in community work from a very early age, Flo received the OAM in 2015 for her services to the Indigenous Communities of Queensland. Whilst she is very proud of her achievement and recognition, she has not rested on her laurels and is still pushing ahead continuing her sterling work.

She works in a great number of roles with skills across so many areas it is hard to list them all here. From consulting on Indigenous government projects to production of information CD-Rom’s to organising and MC’ing events, her effort is always 100% from the heart in all that she does. She has even been an Executive Producer on the television documentary; “Yarrabah, the Mission Years”.

Combining her knowledge and cultural background has seen Flo work in the education sector also where she has facilitated forums such as “A Study of Rural and Remote Disability Employment Assistance” focussing on Indigenous communities.

To anyone who has organised an event you will know the sheer scale and volume of work attached but she continues to produce time and time again. It is not a throwaway line when we say she has too many to list here because she truly does.

Some of the consultancy Flo has undertaken includes the facilitation of Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training, with the following organisations:

• Legal Aid Qld;
• Brisbane City Council;
• Tourism Qld
• Crime and Misconduct Commission
• Department of Mines and Natural Resources;
• Department of Primary Industries;
• National Native Title Tribunal;
• Telstra;
• Department of Immigration and Indigenous Affairs;
• Australian Bureau of Statistics;
• Australian Hearing Services;
• Department of Communities;
• Australian Customs Service;
• Department of Child Safety
• Indigenous Community Volunteers
• Tamrock Sanding (South Africa); and
• Department of Employment Training and Youth Affairs (now DEEWR).
When speaking with us it was clear her husband of many years, Ron, was a great support and clearly loved her deeply. It is this type of love and support which is irreplaceable to Flo when she is driving forward with the work which she does.

When asked to name a highlight over her many years of community service she didn’t pause and answered instantly; ‘I walk down the street and people will stop and say hello Auntie Flo. It is so nice to be recognised and remembered as these are people who have attended functions where I have spoken. Even after many years they still remember me.’

One thing that we noticed (and we are sure others will too) is that her passion and drive remain firmly in the same place they were when she began. She is striving to deliver a better world for everyone and pushing to improve the local Brisbane and wider reaching community. The crew of Moments With Reena were amazed and blessed to be around her.

Flo has sat and still sits on several boards with distinction and again, there are actually too many to list here. Her responsibility as an Aboriginal Elder is one which commands respect but at no time does she ever abuse this position choosing to focus only on helping others.

We simply cannot speak highly enough of this wonderful lady. Her attention to helping everyone around her is second to none and a joy to see and hear of.

It is people like Flo who truly light up the world around us and we would again like to thank her and her husband for inviting us into their home and in speaking with us.

Auntie Flo, you are a beautiful ray of sunshine and we wholeheartedly hope you keep spreading your smile around Brisbane for many, many years to come.

Multicultural Watch–Moments with Reena –Seble Work

13782021_1760392394239168_5364476876628349476_n Focus on Ethiopia

 

On Tuesday evening June 28, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mrs Seble Tadesse. Seble is the secretary for the Ethiopian Community and devotes large portions of her time to helping others within the community to settle and live in Queensland.

 

The interview took place at ‘Yeshi Buna’ which is an authentic Ethiopian Cafe located at 131 Moorooka Road. Yeshi Buna is the name of a most lovely gentleman’s wife and he named the cafe after her – who said true love was no more?

 

We would like to thank both Workneh Bayih and Yeshi for their warmth and hospitality during filming and our traditional coffee afterward.

 

The evening was an amazing experience which allowed us to delve deeply into the life and work of Seble with what she does. There have been moments of despair for her and moments where she felt like giving up but in her own words she said; ‘I could walk away and spend time with my family but my heart is telling me to help others and to fight for justice and equality. I can never give up trying to help other people – it is why I am here.’

 

Inspiring words for readers from all walks of life and with people like Seble in the community helping and offering a guiding light to many it is clear why so many turn to her for assistance when they need it. She is both respected and loved which was evident during the evening. She truly is a remarkably strong and sincere woman.

 

We were also fortunate enough to be able to look more closely at Ethiopia. Many may know of the name but not many will know about the other parts of the history of the country and its people.

 

Ethiopia boasts a proud history of producing track and field Olympic gold medal winners with several holding world records in distance running. A little research online will see names spring forth like Haile Gabrselassie, Kenenisa Bekele & Tirunesh Dibaba to name but a few.

 

With a population of around 100 million Ethiopia has a rich history and is one of the ‘first’ countries, or masses of land, to be noted in historical texts. It is also the world’s most populated landlocked country…as a quirky fact.

 

It also managed to somehow fend off interest from European superpowers during the late 19th century when many European nations were involved in the ‘Race for Africa’ whereby attempts to over-power and take control of foreign lands were on the agenda. Several other African nations adopted the Ethiopian flag to celebrate their retention of sovereignty as they themselves were unable to ward off the military might of the west.

 

Another thing we did learn was that Ethiopia is the home of the coffee bean. Traditional coffee when made correctly can take 3-hours to settle prior to serving.

 

Coffee forms a large part of Ethiopian life with many conflicts being settled peacefully over coffee. For example, If a man and his wife are at odds with one another the wife will make a coffee and they will settle any differences over this simple drink.

 

Ethiopian people retain a beautiful sense of freedom to their souls and a gentle kindness in their eyes. The western world may be taking over the globe but for many an Ethiopian they retain a proud sense of history and ‘in-tune’ nature with mother earth.

 

One of the most beautiful snippets of information to come from Seble was of how it is recognised as a nation of the divinity in the feminine. When this was explained it was certainly an eye opener and sent shivers down the spine with intrinsic and ancient wisdom still clearly evident in her words.

 

Many critically listed forms of wildlife are also found within the country with deforestation proving to be a major concern for the ongoing welfare and protection of animals listed on the endangered species list.

 

Maybe as a result of the deforestation and ‘developments’ the country has been listed as one of the fastest growing economies in the world by the IMF with a 10% growth in their economy from 2004 to 2009. Whilst economic growth is important, it is clear that for many an Ethiopian their view is protection of the environment and all life forms around them.

 

A very proud nation with links to antiquity, it was an honour and privilege to speak with Seble and experience the hospitality of a traditional Ethiopian cafe and the people who run it.

 

We would like to wholeheartedly thank everyone for their warmth and sharing of some of your countries history, culture and beliefs.

 

If we can all scratch the surface of different cultures it helps us all to realise one thing; we are one.

 

Namaste World 2016

13987518_1433182053375431_8579542351327467198_oSaturday August 6th saw the Namaste World day take place in Rocklea Showgrounds, Brisbane, Australia.

 

On a day which saw near perfect weather, there were stalls, food, local businesses and a whole host of things for the family coupled with a full day’s entertainment schedule which ran from 11am to 8pm. The day was remarkable!

 

Celebrating the wonderful multicultural society which is Australia, and in particular Brisbane, saw several countries represented within the day’s festivities to showcase the oneness and togetherness which helps generate a great sense of community and good spirit amongst us all.

 

The organising committee were extremely busy in the build up to get this festival together but in the end all their many hours of toil and hard work paid off in a day which went off without a single hitch!

 

Gujarati girl and now Australian Citizen Reena Augustine, of Red Carpet Functions, organised the entire entertainment programme which incorporated 9 hours of live performance from models, fashion shows, singers, dancers, bands and more as the crowd, which peaked around 6pm, were treated to a free day in the sun.

 

Reena was extremely proud of her teams achievements; ‘When arranging something of this size it is quite a big ask to bring everyone together and have them all run in perfect time sequence is an incredible feeling. Thankfully we have an incredible team who just get the work done and focus on the job in hand. We’re already planning our next event but this was a beautiful day.’

 

The success of community events such as these serves well to remind everyone of the happy times we can have if we remove all perceived barriers and simply focus on enjoying ourselves with a smile and happy persona.

 

What was so pleasing to see were the many smiles on the faces of the audience as the day unfolded. Several members of the crowd made a personal quest to shake the hands of some of the performers and compliment them on their singing, dancing or just in general.

 

There was a real old fashioned feel to it all as everyone mingled and were happy to take part in something which was nothing but positive. The coming together of many different cultures and ethnicities to celebrate the day together in harmony and happiness was something the organisers had planned but it turned out even better than they could have expected.

 

Shyam Das one of the lead organisers was indeed very pleased with what he saw; ‘We set out to create a festival to celebrate everyone. Not just one group or culture or country but everyone. We had so many people on the day with so many countries represented it was extra special to be a part of. We spent many hours planning the day out but it was better than we thought it would be. Even the weather was perfect.’

 

Life is a beautiful experience and with days like the one Namaste World has recently produced, the world will be a brighter place if there are more of them.