Tribute/Vigil for Manmeet Sharma “Alisher”, the Brisbane Bus Driver, who was burnt alive last Friday.
Wednesday, Nov 2, 5.00-8.00 PM.
The Robyn Thomas Reserve, 43 Hassall Street, Parramatta, NSW 2150.
We are all aware about this unfortunate incident in Brisbane last Friday. A young man in the prime of his life at 29 years age was murdered in broad day light, while he was doing his job. This has shocked every decent Australian and Indian Australian throughout Australia. Our community is in pain and going through grief. We are united in grief, irrespective which background we are from.
Some great people from our community volunteered to organise a Tribute/vigil event for Manmeet Sharma “Alisher”. Alisher is the name of his village in Punjab, India.
Manmeet was an Australian citizen of Indian heritage but this event is above any group, association, religion or race. Everyone is welcome. Every human is welcome. This is part of the healing process.
City of Parramatta Council’s permission has been obtained to hold the Vigil/Tribute event at the Robin Thomas Reserve, Hassall Street, Parramatta. The Council is supporting us. Not only this, we have the confirmation that City of Parramatta Council’s Administrator, Amanda Chadwick, is attending the event to show Council’s solidarity with the community..
Facebook page for the event is below.
The purpose of the event is to offer tribute and hold a vigil in the memory of Manmeet, who was a very dear and popular member of Indian community in Brisbane.
There will be a slide show about Manmeet’s life and work. There will be a few speeches from the members from the community. A few MPs have confirmed their attendance and Consul General of India in Sydney might attend it too.
A few from Media might also attend.
There will be a minute’s silence, which will be observed by those who attend.
We had sent an email to Parramatta LAC this morning, informing them about this event, and have received the call a few minutes ago from the Duty Officer, advising us that they have no issues and that one of their officers (I believe his name is Jason) will attend and represent Acting Commander Parramatta LAC. Email confirmation has been received.
Do join us on Nov 2, 2016 between 5-8pm.
We are united in grief!
We are together in expressing our shock and grief!
We are with the family of our Manmeet in their hour of unimaginable distress, anguish and grief!
Dr Yadu Singh