Walk aims to forge com­mu­nity in­te­gra­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

■ With so­cial iso­la­tion a key is­sue of liv­ing in the re­gions, a new event this week­end is aim­ing to make a dif­fer­ence by bring­ing to­gether res­i­dents from all walks of life.

Walk To­gether, a walk that’s been held in other Aus­tralian cap­i­tal ci­ties for years with great suc­cess, is tak­ing place this Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 31, si­mul­ta­ne­ously with walks in the cap­i­tals.

Par­tic­i­pants will con­gre­gate out­side the City of Kar­ratha build­ing at 8am and walk down Wel­come Road and Sharpe Av­enue to­wards Soul Cafe in a ges­ture to wel­come all fel­low Aus­tralians.

The Walk To­gether cam­paign is or­gan­ised by na­tional so­cial in­clu­siv­ity group Wel­come to Aus­tralia and in the ci­ties is of­ten seen as hav­ing a po­lit­i­cal bent, march­ing against prej­u­dice against mi­grants and asy­lum seek­ers.

But Kar­ratha Walk To­gether or­gan­iser Vivien Ka­men, a long-time Wel­come to Aus­tralia mem­ber, said the walk’s in­ten­tion was much broader and more in­clu­sive.

“It’s not po­lit­i­cal,” she said. “It’s ba­si­cally open­ing our arms to peo­ple say­ing, ‘wel­come’. It’s just a way of peo­ple get­ting to­gether.”

Ms Ka­men said she thought it was a good event for Kar­ratha be­cause of the high num­ber of peo­ple who come here by them­selves and then strug­gle to meet oth­ers.

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