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Dr Kiran and Asha honoured by the Australian Government

Dr Kiran and Asha honoured by the Australian Government

We are glad to announce that on Wednesday, May 25 Asha Society and Australian Friends of Asha (AFOA) were deeply honoured to attend a reception in Canberra hosted by Mr Peter Varghese AO, Secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and former Australian High Commissioner to India. The guests of honour for the evening were the Governor General of Australia, His Excellency the Hon’ble Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC and Lady Cosgrove. Dr Kiran spoke about Asha’s work and proudly introduced Asha student Usha, who described how Asha supported her through school, university and journalism school.

Long term Asha supporter Mr Peter Varghese was one of the four former High Commissioners in attendance, along with many other distinguished guests including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon’ble Tony Smith MP. The AFOA Board was represented by Caroline Chernov, Richard Leder, Liz Peak and Harish Rao.

Here are a few glimpses from the event…

HE General the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove, Mr Peter Varghese, HE Lady Cosgrove and Mrs Margaret Varghese arrive with Dr Kiran and Usha

HE General the Hon’ble Sir Peter Cosgrove, Mr Peter Varghese, HE Lady Cosgrove and Mrs Margaret Varghese arrive with Dr Kiran and Usha

Dr Kiran and Usha meet GG

Dr Kiran and Usha meet HE General the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor General of Australia AK MC

Dr Kiran and Usha meet HE General the Hon’ble Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor General of Australia AK MC

Dr Kiran presents a shawl to HE General the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor General of Australia AK MC

Dr Kiran presented a shawl to HE General the Hon’ble Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor General of Australia AK MC

Usha presents a shawl to Mr Peter Varghese AO, Secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and former Australian High Commissioner to India

Usha presented a shawl to Mr Peter Varghese AO, Secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and former Australian High Commissioner to India

HE General The Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor General of Australia AK MC addressing the gathering

HE General The Hon’ble Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor General of Australia AK MC addressing the gathering

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Mr Peter Varghese AO, Secretary of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade addressing the gathering

Dr Kiran sharing Asha’s journey, and how over 71 slums are being benefitted from the Asha model

Dr Kiran sharing Asha’s journey, and how over 71 slums are being benefitted from the Asha model

Asha student Usha addressing the gathering, as she shares about her overwhelming journey with Asha

Usha addressing the gathering, as she shares about her overwhelming journey with Asha

Dr Kiran with former Australian High Commissioner to India, Mr Patrick Suckling.

Dr Kiran with former Australian High Commissioner to India, Mr Patrick Suckling

 

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