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ICC Sydney Celebrates NAIDOC Week with Long-standing First Nations Partner KARI

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KARI Singers performing at ICC Sydney. Image credit - Tim Pascoe Photography.

ICC Sydney, managed by ASM Global, celebrates NAIDOC Week with First Nations partner KARI, highlighting their ongoing efforts in promoting cultural inclusion, reconciliation, and community empowerment through various events and initiatives.

In another step towards reconciliation, the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), managed by ASM Global, celebrates NAIDOC Week alongside one of its First Nations community partners, KARI – a non-profit organisation dedicated to empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth, families, and communities to flourish.

ICC Sydney’s long-standing partnership with KARI sees the venue leverage its global platform as an events destination to promote the inclusion of First Nations Peoples, culture and businesses through its event Legacy Program, and within its workplace.

KARI Chief Commercial Officer, Cain Slater said that the partnership had already sparked connections with thousands of event delegates and venue team members alike at engagements such as City2Surf fun run, Christmas gift donations, KARI Corporate Games Day, Yarning Circles and cultural awareness training. KARI’s singers performing at events at the venue were also greatly contributing to the charity’s capacity to run community projects for First Nations families and children.

“NAIDOC Week is a great opportunity to call out the contribution of ICC Sydney’s team who continue to walk with us towards reconciliation. From connecting us to event attendees at international conventions to fundraising and providing volunteers – the depth of our connection stands ICC Sydney apart as an incredibly committed partner. With the great support of ICC Sydney and its Legacy Program, more than 90% of bookings of our KARI Singers are for events at the venue,” Mr Slater said.

ICC Sydney CEO and Group Director – Convention Centres, ASM Global (APAC) Geoff Donaghy, said the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) partnership between ICC Sydney and KARI dually enriches event attendees’ and the venue management team’s experience and cultural awareness.

In line with this year’s NAIDOC Week theme, we want to keep the fire burning for reconciliation by fostering connections between our clients, attendees, team members, and First Nations community partners such as KARI. To meet trending delegate expectations for cultural events as identified in our RESPECT: Shaping Events for Success report and the goals of our Reconciliation Action Plan – our Legacy Program champions organisations such as KARI – ensuring our event services and experiences are inclusive and enriching,” Mr Donaghy said.

ICC Sydney Director of Corporate Affairs, Communication and Sustainability, Samantha Glass said: “As we prepare to celebrate NAIDOC Week, we remain steadfast in our commitment to strive towards a more reconciled, inclusive and just society alongside our community partner, KARI. We are deeply grateful for this powerful partnership that inspires connection with First Nations Peoples through curated event experiences for our clients and event attendees – all while elevating our team’s cultural appreciation and understanding.”


By partnering with KARI, ICC Sydney aims to proactively create a brighter future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in Sydney. ICC Sydney was recognised as a long-standing partner of KARI in 2023 – marking five years of collaboration on fundraising, volunteering and initiatives that foster connections with First Nations Peoples through business events. ICC Sydney was named the 2023 KARI Fundraiser of the Year and was the 2019 KARI Partner of the Year.

Vicky Karantzavelou
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Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales. She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.