Diversity on show at morning tea

A free morning tea to celebrate Shepparton’s diverse community will be held at SPC Ardmona KidsTown next week.

City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Jenny Houlihan said the day would coincide with Cultural Diversity Week and Harmony Day, held annually to celebrate the inclusive nature of the nation and to promote the benefits of cultural diversity.

‘They encourage community participation, inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone,’, said Cr Houlihan.

‘As well as the morning tea, there will be face painting and KidsTown clowns to entertain the children, as well as henna painting and other cultural activities. Harmony Day celebrates our diversity and as Shepparton is built on years of migration and our Aboriginal history I don’t think there is a better place to celebrate our diverse community than here in Shepparton.’

Cr Houlihan also encouraged businesses and other groups who had not organised a function to arrange their own event to celebrate diversity.

Council is hosting the free morning tea in conjunction with Ethnic Council, Word and Mouth, Rumbalara, Yorta Yorta, Shepparton English Language Centre, Relationships Australia, Goulburn Valley Regional Library, GO TAFE, Uniting Care Cutting Edge, Shepparton Interfaith Network, Primary Care Connect, Family Care and Centrelink.

Cultural Diversity Week is held from March 16 to 24, 2013.

Harmony Day is celebrated on March 21, 2013.

Article and image courtesy Shepparton News



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