Sunday Territorian 25 Jan 2015
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06 AUSTRALIA DAY SUNDAY JANUARY 25 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Great day to join the nation Harron Abdelgabar Abdelkarim (left), Nora Hamid Adam Sharf holding her 10-month-old son Ahmad Abdelgabar, Mohammed Harron Abdelgabar, 10, (right) and Hamid Abdelgabar, 3, (front) at yesterdays Australian Citizenship ceremony at The Essington School Picture: IVAN RACHMAN AUSTRALIA Day will be especially sweet for 70 Darwin residents who will be able to celebrate as Aussies for the first time tomorrow. Families from across the globe took part in a moving citizenship ceremony at The Essington School yesterday. Harron Abdelkarim and his family moved to Darwin from Sudan four years ago. He, his wife Nora Sharf and their son Mohammed, 10, were all sworn in as citizens yesterday. Younger sons Hamid, 3, and Ahmad, 14 months, were born in Australia. Mr Abdelkarim said they left Sudan because it was unsafe. Maybe you can lose your life, theres no freedom, he said. The Royal Darwin Hospital worker said it was a great feeling to be a citizen. Its like winning the big, big lotto, he said. It is winning for life. Mr Abdelkarim said he was happy his children would be able to grow up in Australia. Federal MP Natasha Griggs hosts citizenship ceremonies every month but this was the first time she had hosted an event with so many new Australians. Mrs Griggs said it was a joyous occasion. They feed into our multicultural community we have here in Darwin, she said. This is something they will remember for the rest of their lives. More than 160,000 people from almost 200 countries became Australian citizens in 2013-14. About 17 per cent immigrated from India, almost 16 per cent came from the UK and another 7 per cent were from the Philippines. More citizenship ceremonies will take place across the NT tomorrow for Australia Day. By SHAE MCDONALD Mark and Katie Connolly with kids Breanna and Lachlan warm up for the Australia Day Fun Run Picture: AARON BURTON Get out and run with patriotism FLAGS, hats and singlets will replace Lycra tomorrow as Darwinites pound the pavement for the annual Australia Day Fun Run. There will be no public holiday sleep-in for participants, with the starting gun for the 2.5km and 5km events starting at 7am at the Darwin Convention Centre. Mark Connolly is the event director of Park Run, a volunteer group that holds free runs along The Esplanade every Saturday morning. Mr Connolly said he encouraged everyone to take part in organised running events across the Territory. Australia Day Fun Run registrations will open at 6am. The cost is a gold coin donation. Live entertainment, a free sausage sizzle, giveaways, face painting, balloon twisting and water activities will follow the two events at the finish line at the Darwin Waterfront Parklands, until 10am. Its like winning the big, big lotto Australias No.1 Fish Oil* Join the community at blackmores.com.au *Australias No.1 brand in fi sh oil segment based on Aztec Australia grocery and pharmacy MAT sales to 5/10/2014 ** Compared to Blackmores Fish Oil 1000 and Blackmores Odourless Fish Oil 1000 Always read the label. Use only as directed. CHC70298-12/14 TESTED FOR QUALITY HIGHLY PURIFIED MERCURY TESTED
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