Walking for cultural harmony, unity against bigotry

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Federal Labor Member for Watson Tony Burke today met community members at Parry Park Lakemba to announce Ambassadors for the ‘Walk for Respect’ and to encourage people to bring along their friends, family, and children to the walk in a show of unity against racism and bigotry.

Community members with Tony Burke MP in this morning's meeting at Parry Park Lakemba to drum up support of Walk for Respect on Sunday May 25. TFA editorial writer and Sandigan community radio program Violi Calvert (fourth from left on first row) with Mr Tony Burke and other community members. [TFA Photo]
Community members with Tony Burke MP in this morning's meeting at Parry Park Lakemba to drum up support of Walk for Respect on Sunday May 25. TFA editorial writer and Sandigan community radio program Violi Calvert (fourth from left on first row) with Mr Tony Burke and other community members. [TFA Photo]

The walk will be held on Sunday, 25 May 2014, at 11:30am, beginning on the corner of Gillies and Haldon Streets, with a free family BBQ at Parry Park (finishing point) after the walk.

“I’m encouraging everyone to walk with me in a show of unity. Bring along your friends, family, the kids,” Mr Burke said adding that at the suggestion of some community members to bring drums to make noise.

“It will be a day of fun, music and colour. Together, we can highlight our multicultural community and show Australia what community harmony and cultural respect look like,” said Mr Burke.

Around 80 community members received certificates as Ambassadors for the walk in recognition of their commitment to multiculturalism.

The Walk ambassadors included Hazem El-Masri, former player for the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, Randa Kattan, CEO of the Arab Council Australia, Anthony Tsoutsa, former Principal at All Saints Grammar, municipal councillors and other community leaders.

'Ambassador for Walk for Respect' Violi Calvert with Mr Tony Burke MP. [TFA]
'Ambassador for Walk for Respect' Violi Calvert with Mr Tony Burke MP. [TFA]

TFA editorial writer and Sandigan community radio program broadcaster-producer Violi Calvert, one of those selected as Walk ambassador, today received her certificate. Ms Calvert was selected following her article “Objection to racial hate unites communities and pollies” published at The Filipino Australian Community Blogs and shared in various social media networks.

Ms Calvert said it was an honour to be selected as an Ambassador for the ‘Walk for Respect‘.

“This is an issue that goes beyond personal politics”, said Ms Calvert who is encouraging the Filipino Australian community to participate in the walk to show support for something that is fundamental to Australia.

*** Photos by The Filipino Australian

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2 Responses to Walking for cultural harmony, unity against bigotry

  1. The presence of Filipino Australians in this morning’s meeting shows that we are united with multicultural Australia against racism and bigotry. On Sunday, May 25, we look forward to our kababayans walking with us, especially those who subscribe to the fundamental principle of fairness and living in society without prejudices. The Walk is outside politics. And no amount of talks using “freedom of speech” can justify racism and bigotry in our society.

  2. It is wonderful to see the Filipino people of Australia taking the initiative to bring greater harmony and mutual respect. God bless you all!

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