Walk aims to forge community integration
■ 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.