On a scorching hot summers day the 3rd annual Harmony walk was held at Cathedral Square, St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. Celebrating cultural and religious diversity in Australia, the event brought together members of the Australian multicultural community striving for social inclusion harmony and peace.
The day was a great success with participants in bright orange t-shirts eating Turkish gozleme and enjoying cultural entertainment. Kids were also able to throw a football with NRL Ambassador Hazem El Masri as he facilitated sporting activities.
The chair of the organising committee, Ernie Friedlander aims to remove barriers and unite people in our multicultural community.
He said “Too many people think that conflict and violence is part of human nature, and that some groups of people are more inclined to this violence than others. But we need to help people realise that this not the case…, we should never stereotype any group of people.”
The program started with a performances by Reddam House School and Koosha Hooshmand. The Master of Ceremony, Ricardo Concalves from SBS introduced Ernie Friedlander OAM, as he did the formal welcome to all those attending.
Ernie Friedlander, Chair of the Harmony Walk organising committee
Supporters for the event included Senator Concetta Fiorravanti Wells, Leader of the Opposition John Robertson, Hakan Harman, CEO Multicultural Australia, Tim Soutphommasane, Australian Human Rights Commissioner, Hugh Riminton, Journalist and Foreign Correspondant, Stepan Kerkyasharian, President of the Anti Discrimination Board, Hazem El Masri NRL Ambassador, the Marrickville Multifaith Roundtable group leader Father John Peace. Also attending were Rabbi Zalman Kastel and Father Patrick McInerney.
Harmony Day is an initiative of the Alfred Dreyfus Anti-Defamation Unit of B’nai B’rith, with the purpose of building an inclusive society by moving forward together. Australian MEFF Consortium, organisers of the Multicultural Eid Festival & Fair is one of the supporters of this event.