Source: Daily Telegraph Australia by Nigel Gladstone
Excerpt: Mr Nathwani, is also a founding member of the Ismaili community here, which is “a cultural, semi-religious organisation that gets involved with charity work,” he said.
Ashak Nathwani came to Australia with 20 cents in his pocket after being forced to leave Uganda in 1972.
Today he will be made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the community.
Mr Nathwani volunteered at a north shore Rotary Club for almost 20 years and served as president of the St Leonards club for four years.
Mr Nathwani, 67, said his journey to Australia began in August 1972, when the President of Uganda, Idi Amin, ordered the expulsion of the country’s Asian minority.
“I ended up in Australia as a qualified person but the term was still refugee,” Mr Nathwani said. “I landed with 20 cents in my pocket, I had to leave everything behind.”
He settled in Wahroonga 35 years ago and has helped design and build many iconic structures including the Sydney Olympic stadium…
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