Emmeline Arelong is serving food at the Harmony Day event at the Harwood Hotel on Saturday, 19th March, 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
Emmeline Arelong is serving food at the Harmony Day event at the Harwood Hotel on Saturday, 19th March, 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

5 practical tips for Harmony Day

TODAY (March 21) is Harmony Day and the Red Cross is challenging all Australians to do something practical to help make their community even more welcoming.

Australia is one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world and 86% of people think multiculturalism has been good for us. How can we build on to this to make our communities even more welcoming, more supportive and more inclusive?

This Harmony Day we've come up with five ways you can help:

1. Read up on the facts

Help dispel some of the myths about refugees and people seeking asylum.

2. Invite a guest speaker

Ask a refugee or migrant to share their story with your school or community group. In many states/territories, organisations like Red Cross offer resources or speakers to help you organise this.

3. Be a workplace mentor

Offer mentoring or volunteer opportunities to a refugee or person seeking asylum who is struggling to find a job.

4. Help someone get an education

Ask a school or university to support a refugee or person seeking asylum who wants to study but has limited financial resources. Support could include fees, uniforms or books.

5. Volunteer

Offer your skills to an organisation that is helping refugees, people seeking asylum and other vulnerable migrants.

Each of us has a responsibility to help create a more harmonious and accepting society. Our communities are stronger when we understand the stories, motivations and hopes of those we live alongside; when we recognise what connects us, not what separates us. We think it should be Harmony Day, every day.



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