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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 12 Hansard (28 October) . .

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As a new initiative of the Rooftop Foundation—a not for profit charity—the IGA Rooftop House Project relies on fundraising, community partners and the generosity of business and the local community to meet the needs of providing house and support families of individuals from regional areas who are experiencing serious illnesses requiring hospital treatment where accommodation is not available or too expensive to house the entire family where required.

This year's first Ball promises to be an opportunity to raise funds for local people in our community who are doing it tough.

I understand that about 460 tickets have already been taken up for Friday night. It is 6.45 for 7.30 pm. If you have not got something in your diary for this Friday night, it is a great charity.

In particular I would like to commend Javid Osman from the IGA on East Row for all the work that he has done. He has personally taken this on. He has driven it. He has talked to the IGA nationally, and to their supplier, Metcash; he has since got their support, and they are looking forward to supporting it as we progress.

What we need now is for the government to do that. I understand Mr Coe did an introduction to Mr Gentleman, who saw Javid and his crew to discuss the issue. For that I want to thank you both. As a community it is up to us to make sure. It is a particularly harrowing time when someone you love is in hospital; if you are a long way away, it can be very sad and very awkward. This is a local initiative to support locals. It will hopefully go national. I would urge all members of the Assembly and the wider community to support the establishment of IGA East Row house.

Highland Gathering 2014

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Community Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing) (4.42): I rise today to talk about an event I attended on 11 October, the 2014 Highland Gathering at Kambah oval. I was very pleased to be invited to open this national event as the honorary chieftain of the day, and had been looking forward to the event for many months. I am glad to say that, as has been the case in other years, the 2014 games did not disappoint.

Historically, highland games were held within each clan to establish the strongest and most valiant clansman. As head of the clan, the chieftain held the position of honour at the gathering. In keeping with this tradition, highland games today invite a leader in the community to act as honorary chieftain of the day.

The gathering in Canberra is a weekend event comprising the Burns Club Pipe Band and highland dancing championships, which are held at the Kambah oval, and the solo piping and drumming competition, which is held a day later at the War Memorial. Of course, bands come from all over Australia to attend.

As has been the case for the last four years, the gathering included events such as re-enactments of Celtic fighting with claymore swords, Celtic dancing competitions,

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