Walking in harmony

October 25, 2013 by J-Wire Staff
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Sydneysiders are encouraged to show their support for a fair and compassionate Australia at the second annual Harmony Walk in Sydney’s CBD this Sunday.

Teo at last year's wa;l

Teo at last year’s wa;l

Harmony Walk is a project of the Moving Forward Together Association, a project of the B’nai B’rith Alfred Dreyfus Anti Defamation Unit, and is supported by the NSW Government, Opposition and Greens, NSW Police, Sydney City Council, the NSW Community Relations Commission, the NSW Teachers Federation, the NSW Centre for Volunteering, STARTTS, the International Students Association, the Multicultural Eid Festival and Fair, Australian Baha’is, and the SBS Foundation.

Harmony Walk brings together Australians from diverse national, ethnic and religious backgrounds to help build an inclusive society, and to acknowledge and celebrate the enduring principles of fairness, harmony and respect.

The 1km walk will commence at Cathedral Square, College Street, Sydney, starting at 2 pm. It is free and is suitable for people of all ages and abilities. There will be multicultural food stalls and entertainment.

Harmony Walk is a project of the Moving Forward Together Association, a project of the B’nai B’rith Alfred Dreyfus Anti Defamation Unit, and is supported by the NSW Government, Opposition and Greens, NSW Police, Sydney City Council, the NSW Community Relations Commission, the NSW Teachers Federation, the NSW Centre for Volunteering, STARTTS, the International Students Association, the Multicultural Eid Festival and Fair, Australian Baha’is, and the SBS Foundation.

The Patron of Harmony Walk is the Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO.

Harmony Walk organiser, Ernie Frieldander OAM, said the event is aimed at celebrating the diversity of Australia’s multicultural society, and taking a stand against conflict and violence.

“Our focus is on promoting an inclusive society in which all of us have both rights and responsibilities,” he said.

Harmony Walk Ambassadors include leading neurosurgeon, Dr Charlie Teo AM; Associate Professor of Aboriginal Health at the University of Sydney, Lisa Jackson Pulver AM; the Principal of Punchbowl Boys’ High School, Jihad Dibb; and film directors, Cate Shortland and Tony Kravitz.

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