Cultures shine for Harmony Day

PEOPLE of all backgrounds came together at Griffith Central on Friday to celebrate diversity in the community for a Harmony Day morning tea.

For the first time, a number of community groups joined together with Griffith Central and the Griffith Multicultural Council to put on a major event to celebrate the city’s inclusive society.

There were performances by dancers from a variety of backgrounds while year 5 students from St Patrick’s Primary School were taken through a Zumba class as part of the celebrations.

The morning tea also featured a number of delectable dishes from a multitude of backgrounds.

Griffith Multicultural Council president Carmel La Rocca said Harmony Day was an especially poignant event for Griffith given the diversity of the city’s community.

“It’s important because it gives the message that everyone belongs,” she said.

“That was the point when it was launched in 1999.”

The Griffith community has had a long association with Harmony Day, with the city being one of two launch towns used to promote the event when it was launched 15 years ago.

Friday’s event came about from a push by a number of local groups within Griffith to join forces to hold a major event to celebrate the day and to raise awareness within the community.

Ningana Enterprises day program service manager Christine Tomlinson said she had been amazed by how many people had come together in the name of inclusiveness at the morning tea.

“I was realy astounded with the groups that were here,” she said.

“People are saying we want to be involved next year which is great.”

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