MEDIA RELEASE Mon 8 July 2013
Interpreters and Translators kicking goals for diversity at the AFL
The largest gathering of interpreters and translators outside of a language conference, will take place at Melbourne Cricket Ground this Fri 12 July. More than 450 All Graduates’ Interpreters, Translators and head office employees and their families will be attending the AFL Multicultural Round game between Collingwood and Adelaide Crows. Despite their language qualifications, they won’t be there to facilitate the communication on the night. As guests of the AFL Multicultural Program, the group - who speak more than 55 distinct languages between them - will celebrate the ‘Many Cultures. One Game’ spirit of the game.
“Our workplace is uniquely multicultural. How many other companies in Australia can say their employees speak more than 100 languages and dialects between them?” says All Graduates CEO, Ismail Akinci. “The Multicultural Round is a great opportunity for us to celebrate our diversity.”
The All Graduates group attending the AFL Multicultural Round will include their trained and qualified interpreters and translators who speak the frequently requested ‘established’ languages of Cantonese, French, Greek, Italian, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese and the newer ‘community’ languages of Arabic, Burmese, Dari, Persian, Sudanese Arabic and Tamil.
For many interpreters and translators it is their first attendance at an AFL game. Over the eight years since its inception, the AFL’s Multicultural Program has seen more than 50,000 people from multicultural backgrounds experience an AFL game. The majority of language service professionals at All Graduates are born overseas; obtaining interpreting and/or translating accreditation through the national accreditation authority of NAATI once they have migrated to Australia, in languages where this is possible.
All Graduates’ Marketing and Communications Manager, Stephanie Mayne, first learnt of the Multicultural Round in her volunteer role as an AFL Multicultural Community Ambassador and was keen to marry the values of community, inclusion and diversity with one of Melbourne’s favourite sporting codes.
A comprehensive list of languages represented by All Graduates Interpreters and Translators attending the AFL Multicultural Round on Fri 12 July at the Melbourne Cricket Ground follows.
For further information, please contact:
Marketing and Communications Manager
Ph: (03) 9605 3099
M: 0497 818 879
About All Graduates
All Graduates is an Australian-owned translation and interpreting agency specialising in the government, community and corporate sectors. Established in 1986, All Graduates offers onsite, video, phone interpreting services, document and website translation.
All Graduates has led the industry with a commitment to providing trained and qualified professionals. In addition to a formal partnership with the Interpreting and Translating department of RMIT University.
All Graduates has established itself as an industry leader in high quality translation and interpreting in over 100 languages. They receive more than 400 requests daily for their translation and interpreter services, and have a pool of over 1000 fully accredited interpreters and translators across Australia.
All Graduates are dedicated to innovation and have a proud history of championing technology to save time and money for their clients. They have earned a reputation for using innovative technology and were the first agency of their kind to create an online booking system using email with handheld devices such as BlackBerrys. Additionally, they offer video interpreting services by high definition, state-of-the-art Cisco and Polycom video conference systems.
Information about the AFL Multicultural Round 2013