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Living In Harmony – HWPL celebrated Harmony Week in Sydney

On 18th March Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), International Peace Youth Group (IPYC) and International Women’s Peace Group (IWPG) celebrated Harmony Week with the collaboration of African Australian Advocacy Centre (AAAC) and African Women’s Connect (AWC) in Sydney’s Auburn Town hall.

Harmony Day was originated as an Australian celebration of successful multiculturalism in 1999 showcasing Australia’s diversity in unity.  Harmony Day is about our inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.  Celebrated every year on 21 March coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

HWPL, IPYC and IWPG orgainsed a colorful afternoon bringing diverse community members together to celebrate “we are one, peaceful nation”. The program began with the introduction of MCs, Jay Intong and Akshana Bishoakaramawho welcomed the audience. Hon. Cumberland City Councilor Dr. Diane Colman spoke briefly about the significance of Harmony Day and highlighted the importance of celebrating it to bring community together to build a cohesive society.

A video message of HWPL Chairman Lee was presented. In his video message he emphasis that “We will change the word ‘war’ into ‘peace’ in our daily lives. We have an obligation to leave a peaceful world as a legacy to our future generation”. It is very powerful message to the humanity in general.

There were several stage performances by different community individuals and groups and also cultural clothing presentation by various individual who explained their cultural attire and its description.

Noel Zihabamwe, the founder and chairperson of African Australian Advocacy Centre distributed certificates and awards to the cultural performers and the chief guest of the event Dr. Diane Colman.  Tracy Anggono, the NSW Regional Manager of HWPL thanked the guests, participants, performers and volunteers. Food and drinks were served by the volunteers.  

Written by Hanif Bismi

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