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.
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.
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