Region celebrates its diversity in harmony
HARMONY Day was celebrated last weekend in Childers with the Isis Multicultural Group hosting a special event celebrating the region’s diversity.
Queensland is home to over 220 cultures and languages and embraces more than 100 religions and belief systems.
Event organiser Robert Maisey said it was a great day to celebrate our region’s diversity.
“Thanks to Mr Bennett for taking time out of his busy calendar to formally open the event,” Mr Maisey said.
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said he was proud to support events and projects that celebrate multicultural identity.
“We need to increase community awareness of the activities of our many cultural groups and foster community cohesion,” Mr Bennett said.
“It’s groups such as the Isis Multicultural Group that help to connect cultural groups with each other and in local communities.
“I commend your commitment to sharing your cultural heritage and helping the people of Childers and the region to support one another,” he said.
Mr Maisey said it was a great event and a pleasure to have Mr Bennett officially open Harmony Day.
The event was enjoyed by those who attended with the food and entertainment being the main drawcard.
Organisers thank everyone that took part in the celebrations. SENIORS of Childers and Gin Gin were given a lesson in personal safety and protection against online scams on Tuesday by Constable Adrian Smith of Childers police.
Const Smith addressed the audience of 50 people outlining the importance of being aware of scams and taking precautions to protect themselves from becoming a victim.
“Never give out your personal details, if a door knocker is raising funds for a charity, ensure you check their credentials and identification and always report suspicious behaviour,” Const Smith said.
Maurie Styles, the events coordinator of the Australian Pensioners and Superannuants League in Childers, arranged a guest speaker to address safety concerns.
Mr Styles recently received a scam email and believes it’s his duty to warn others.
“We all need to be more aware of the scams and to take the right measures to ensure we don’t become victims,” Mr Styles said.
“Scams are getting harder to identify and we all need to be a little less trusting when it comes to our personal and financial security.”
Const Smith said scammers were clever and would build trust and confidence before taking advantage of the situation.
Visit www.scamwatch .gov.au or phone 1300 795 9
MULTICULTURAL CELEBRATION: From left, Pilar Ellis, Lourdes Norman, Eve Freney, Cecilia Wilcox, Stephen Bennett, Peter Freney, Robert Maisey and Boat Latu.