There are many diverse opinions about living in Australia, but looking at the positives, they outweigh the negatives. We can complain about what we are missing but, should also look and appreciate what we have.

The Moving Forward Together organisation is focused on making the communities aware and rise above prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping and considering people on their merit, rather than their nationality, colour or religion.

We were successful with our Harmony Day Poster & Song Writing Competitions, where this year, school students entered some brilliant interpretations on the theme of 2018 “Growing Together in Harmony”.

With over 3000 entries from all over the State, it exceeded our wildest expectations, not just by numbers but the quality of the posters submitted.

The Prize Giving Ceremony was held on 20 September at the NSW Parliament hosted by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian MP.

Alan Joffe chaired the Harmony Day Poster & Song Writing Competitions committee, and Peter Grace was again the MC, having done a sterling job in 2017.

In Blacktown for the 3rd year in a row, we held a Harmony Walk. We changed the Walk’s title slightly from Harmony Walk to “Moving Forward Together Festival” which we will use for an event we are planning to conduct in Campbelltown adding- “Harmony Walk for Unity”.

The Campbelltown event at the Campbelltown Athletic Centre will take place on Sunday 18 November from 1 – 5pm.

In all these initiatives, we work closely with the NRL, who now also got the West Tigers to take a leading role in the Campbelltown event. We expect local schools will also be heavily involved. One school, in particular, the Sarah Redfern Public, was outstanding in encouraging others to be involved.

The West League Club has also been very supportive, along with the Campbelltown Council and both the Federal & State members of Parliament.