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DIVERSITY CEL­E­BRATED AT PIC­NIC IN PARK

Southern Telegraph - - News -

Con­nect­ing Com­mu­nity for Kids cel­e­brated the diversity and vi­brancy of Kwinana with a Pic­nic in the Park for Har­mony Week.

The event was held ear­lier this month at Ri­d­ley Green in Me­d­ina and brought res­i­dents to­gether from a range of na­tion­al­i­ties who were en­cour­aged to share and cel­e­brate their cul­tures and tra­di­tions.

Con­nect­ing Com­mu­nity for Kids com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ta­tor Ni­cole Hunt said mem­bers of the de­ci­sion-mak­ing group were proud to be in­volved in the event and hoped it would be­come an an­nual, com­mu­nity-driven cel­e­bra­tion.

Ser­vice providers in­clud­ing Mis­sion Aus­tralia, Bright Fu­tures Fam­ily Day Care, Cal­ista Child and Par­ent Cen­tre, Kwinana Early Years Ser­vices, Ngala, Red Cross and Noon­gar Well-be­ing and Sports joined forces to pro­vide a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties for fam­i­lies to en­joy on the day.

Chil­dren got to ex­plore tra­di­tional cul­tural dress with free face-paint­ing on of­fer fol­lowed by singing, danc­ing and story time with com­mu­nity mem­bers telling sto­ries in Ger­man, Rus­sian and Ja­panese.

Tai chi demon­stra­tions and a Chi­nese art dis­play was or­gan­ised by Jane Li, who said she en­joyed help­ing on the day and shar­ing her cul­ture with the com­mu­nity.

Con­nect­ing Com­mu­nity for Kids is a col­lec­tive im­pact ini­tia­tive de­vel­oped to em­power par­ents, chil­dren and pro­fes­sion­als in the com­mu­ni­ties of Kwinana and Cock­burn to work to­gether and make a last­ing dif­fer­ence in the lives of chil­dren — pre-birth to eight — and their fam­i­lies.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.con­nect­ing4kids.com.au.

Emma Bolesworth, of Mis­sion Aus­tralia, adds a hand­print to the Ev­ery­one Be­longs Fam­ily Tree.

Ni­cole An­dres reads to at­ten­deess in Ger­man.

Pureon and Ha­neul Jeon in cul­tural dress.

Jane Li demon­strates Tai chi.

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