First anniversary of the Voice of Faith radio program

Ms GRALEY (Narre Warren South) — I would like to congratulate the Casey Multi-Faith Network (CMFN) on the first anniversary of its radio program Voice of Faith. The program hit the airwaves for the very first time on 7 August last year and has been a resounding success.

The program gives listeners a chance to learn about the different religions within our community and features Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Sikh shows. Each week a different faith takes centre stage, and you can expect to hear fascinating discussions, special guest speakers and traditional music.

The radio program was first proposed by a really beautiful person, Gamini Fonseka, the former president of Casey Multi-Faith Network and current program coordinator.

Gamini’s goal was to educate the wider community and create a platform for discussion on the various faiths that makup our wonderful multicultural society. Working with the inspiring Pam Mamouney, the president of Casey Multi-Faith Network, representatives of each faith, the City of Casey and Casey Radio, I feel that Gamini and his team have most definitely achieved their goal.

Special mention must also be made of their regular presenters, all of whom are enthusiastic local volunteers. They include Andrew Williams, Jim Reiher, Nallaratnam Sivarasa, Avatar Singh, Javed and of course Gamini and Pam. Andrew composed a theme song for the CMFN to celebrate the unity between the different faiths in the group. The song is called One People, and it is played at the beginning of each radio program.

I congratulate all participants on such a fine job, and I thank them for sharing their wisdom, compassion and faith. As Avatar said, ‘If we cannot see God in all, we cannot see God at all’. I hope Voice of Faith will remain on the air for many years to come.