On Sunday 26 October, Sydney will again host the annual Harmony Walk, a wonderful celebration of life, encouraged by people who reflect the true Australian core of compassion and togetherness. The Harmony Walk brings together Australians from diverse national, ethnic and religious backgrounds to build an inclusive society, and to acknowledge and celebrate the enduring principles of fairness, harmony and respect.
Mr Ernie Friedlander, founder and CEO of the Harmony Projects, said: “Harmony Day – Everyday is promoting the common values of Australia’s decent majority. In the process it addresses prejudices, discrimination, vilification and hate mongering. These inciting and damaging actions lead to conflict and violence.”
The walk gives people the opportunity to stop and consider other human beings, helping each other for greater fulfilment and satisfaction in the process. It also gives people the chance to network with other groups of people whom they normally would not meet.
The Harmony Day will be fun: Starting at 2pm at Cathedral Square, College Street, Sydney, this free day is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. There will be multicultural food stalls, lots of entertainment, and of course the walk itself. The walk is easy with staff monitoring every step of the way. And people can choose their own pace and distance, as it ends where it starts, at Cathedral Square.
The Harmony Walk, a project of the Moving Forward Together Association, is supported by the NSW Government and Opposition, NSW Police, Sydney City Council, NSW Community Relations Commission, White Ribbon, NSW Teachers Federation, NSW Centre for Volunteering, STARTTS, Music for Refugees organisation, International Students Association, Australian MEFF Consortium, Australian Bahai Community and the SBS Foundation.
The Patron of Harmony Walk is the Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO.
Harmony Walk Ambassadors include the highly respected Jihad Dib, Principal of Punchbowl Boys High School, leading neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo, Associate Professor of Aboriginal Health at University of Sydney Lisa Jackson Pulver, and highly acclaimed journalist and TV presenter Hugh Riminton.
With the walk approaching very soon, everyone is encouraged to register now. All the necessary information is on www.harmonywalk.org.au.