We can all stand to­gether

SAYS AUS­TRALIA DAY EN­VOY

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Jes­sica Ox­ford

BLACK­TOWN’S new Aus­tralia Day am­bas­sador Ku­mud Merani’s mes­sage is sim­ple: “Stand to­gether and em­brace mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism.”

The SBS ra­dio pro­ducer said she was thrilled to be a part of Black­town’s cel­e­bra­tions as it was one of the most mul­ti­cul­tural ar­eas in Aus­tralia.

“I’m a mi­grant who came here 30 years ago from In­dia be­cause Aus­tralia is a place where you could get a fair go,” she said.

“In my role, it’s all about help­ing peo­ple as­sim­i­late into so­ci­ety and give them the tools so they are able to work hard.

“Aus­tralia is such a beau­ti­ful, peace­ful and fair coun­try. We should be united and stand to­gether and em­brace our mul­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety be­cause we are so lucky.”

The East­wood res­i­dent praised Black­town’s vi­brant and dy­namic cul­ture.

“Black­town is such a colour­fully vi­brant place to be,” she said.

“I come here to shop at the quaint lit­tle stores and I just love to see the em­pa­thy and ca­ma­raderie be­tween peo­ple here.

“In the city, ev­ery­one is al­ways so busy and don’t of­ten look to help out one other but you’ll find that peo­ple in Black­town are will­ing to help each other out.

“It’s really lovely to see such a thriv­ing area that is so em­pa­thetic.”

The am­bas­sador hon­our isn’t a first for Mrs Merani; she served as the Aus­tralia Day am­bas­sador for Bankstown and Ash­field in 2014 and 2015 re­spec­tively.

The Jan­uary 26 event will be a far cry from Mrs Merani’s usual Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions; fir­ing up the bar­be­cue to have a great meal with friends while also pay­ing trib­ute to In­dia’s Repub­lic Day.

SBS Pro­ducer Ku­mud Merani is Black­town’s Aus­tralia Day Am­bas­sador.

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