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Commonwealth Culture Celebrated At Queen Elizabeth Hospital

International food, drink and music demonstrate the diversity of defence personnel from The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM)...

The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM) has recognised the important contribution personnel from across the Commonwealth make to defence by holding a Cultural Day Celebration, complete with an international buffet and music sponsored by Forces Live Events (CSE).

A series of lectures, including a keynote talk by Professor David Lambert from The University of Warwick, was followed by an educational exhibition and displays of food, drinks and music from around the globe.

Traditions from different nations in the Commonwealth were displayed, as well as a selection of cuisines ranging from Jamaican jerk chicken, Nepalese momos (dumplings), Maldivian octopus and Nigerian moin moin (bean cake).

Organiser LMT Paul Kujero highlighted how important it is to hold days like these, which was pertinently held during Black History Month: 

“The Armed Forces take equality and diversity very seriously and it is an inclusive organisation, so it’s on top of the agenda to make sure everyone is included despite our diverse origins.

"We have entertainment going on, there’s food from different nations and there’s a live band, all of which have been sponsored by CSE events.”

An international buffet was served alongside displays of cultural tradition from across the Commonwealth
An international buffet was served alongside displays of cultural tradition from across the Commonwealth.

This is the second diversity day CSE has been involved with, after organising a visit from Team GB high jumper Dalton Grant to helped HMS Excellent and Defence Medical Group South (DMG South) celebrate their International Day in Portsmouth earlier in the year.

Both events were sponsored by CSE’s Beneficiary Fund, which is dedicated to improving the welfare of British Armed Forces personnel and their families, especially those in most need of a morale boost.

Engagement teams and ethnic minority networks from all three services attended the event held at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, as well as Lieutenant Varty, who presented on the history of the Commonwealth and contemporary relations with the British military. She said

“Acknowledging the history that the Commonwealth has played is essential. Diversity makes us stronger; I really leaned in to that in my presentation. We are all as individuals stronger because of the similarities and difference we share.”

Engagement teams and ethnic minority networks from all three services attended the event
Engagement teams and ethnic minority networks from all three services attended the event.

The day also included a remembrance service to remember all personnel from the Commonwealth who lost their lives in service, as well as addresses from Vice Lord Lieutenant West Midlands, Dr Beverley Lindsay and Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Yvonne Mosquito.

If you would like a motivational speaker, live music or support for your event, get in touch with CSE here to find out how we can help.

As a not-for-profit organisation, any surplus we make from our commercial projects goes directly into our Beneficiary Fund, which aims to improve morale and welfare of British Armed Forces personnel and their families through a variety of entertainment solutions.

A remembrance service dedicated to Commonwealth personnel took place
A remembrance service dedicated to Commonwealth personnel took place.