Thank you to all our clients, support workers, office team members and alliance partners who joined us at our Afea Ohana Lunch!
We celebrated our 15th anniversary by hosting a feast for our ohana (“family”) on Sunday, 22 October at River Canyon, situated on the banks of the Parramatta River.
This special event is also part of our National Carers Week (15 to 21 October) celebrations, to show our appreciation of our caregivers and support workers.
In attendance were over 240 guests composed of Afea staff, support workers, family members and community partners in the disability and aged care industry.
Event attendees were treated to a buffet lunch, performances, goody bags, games and raffle draws with more than $1,400 worth of prizes.
Support Worker of the Month
We hold monthly virtual events to name our Support Worker of the Month, but we used the special occasion to invite Jennifer Castilblanco, Support Worker of the Month for the month of September, to receive her award onstage.
“I’m very happy to be a part of this organisation,” she said.
Afea Founder Esha Oberoi and Executive Director Gaurav Oberoi also took to the stage to welcome attendees and introduce Afea’s new CEO, Hiyantha “Sam” Kariyawasam.
“This is Afea’s future: more engagement, deeper connections, more meaningful avenues to empower the people in our community,” Sam said.
We would like to thank our generous prize sponsors Auburn Central, Chatkazz, Checho’s, Fairfield RSL, Five Loaves, Grounds Keeper Café, Restaurant 317, Sahra by the River, St Marys Village, Vertic and Wenty Leagues.