Mark Hodges, MP
Member for Castle Hill

Swiss National Celebration Day

The Swiss National Day Picnic was held on 6 August 2023 at the Castle Hill Showground. The day was organised by the Swiss Yolders of Sydney and The Swiss Folk Dance Company Alpegruess. The day celebrated the 175th anniversary of the Swiss Federal Constitution.
The National Picnic Day was attended by Swiss compatriots, friends and families and it was a great day. There were stalls offering Swiss delicacies, barbeques, Swiss Chocolates, Raffles and Silent Auctions, games for the children.
Those present were honoured by the attendance of Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, National Councillors Yvonne Feri and Thomas Aeschi as well as Swiss Ambassador Caroline Bichet-Anthamatten. Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis said:
“Australia is still one of Switzerland’s favourite non-European destinations, and this afternoon, with you and your warm welcome, I can easily see why.”
“Switzerland and Australia are united in the values they share and democracies like ours, can gain much from each other, despite global challenges and crises.”
On behalf the Castle Hill community I congratulate the President of the Swiss Yolders of Sydney Alios Krez and the event organisers. I look forward to next year’s Picnic Day.

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