Bond University Indigenous Gala
Up-and-coming musical powerhouse, Michael Tuahine, and a special guest panel of ‘change makers’ will headline the annual Bond University Indigenous Gala on Friday, November 16, which is expected to attract more than 500 leading business identities and locals.
Now in its ninth year, the Gala celebrates Indigenous culture and student achievements, while shining a light on – and raising funds for – the education of the next generation of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.
To date, the Bond University Indigenous Gala has raised more than $1.7 million towards Indigenous scholarships, while becoming a key date on the Gold Coast social calendar.
This year’s special guest panel of ‘change makers’ will include Lockhart River Mayor Wayne Butcher, Torres Strait Island Councillor Fraser Nai, Bond University Indigenous Cultural support officer and celebrated artist Narelle Urquhart and Walking with Wisdom managing director Jeremy Donovan, who will discuss the importance of educating young Indigenous Australians to create social change.
Bond University student Rekisha Satour will emcee the night with Jeremy Donovan and share her story of moving from her community in Darwin to Western Australia for her secondary education, before shifting across the country to the Gold Coast to study a Bachelor of Psychological Science as a Bond University Indigenous scholar.
Acclaimed musical theatre performer and actor, Michael Tuahine and his band will cap off the night with covers of Australian classics. The NIDA graduate, who has starred in numerous TV series and movies, has been honoured by the Deadly Awards, Rolling Stone Magazine and NAIDOC Awards for Most Promising New Talent.
The inaugural Gala event was first held in 2010, under the patronage of Dr Patrick Corrigan AM, as an art auction, with the intention of raising money for Indigenous student scholarships, grants and support. It has evolved into today’s celebration of Indigenous culture featuring high-profile Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and entertainers, as well as past and present Indigenous students and Gold Coast business and cultural identities.
The cocktail-style event will be held in the Bond University Sports Hall on Friday, November 16, with pre-dinner drinks served from 6pm for a 7pm start. Visit www.bond.edu.au/gala for further information and to purchase tickets.