YOUTH­FUL AP­PROACH

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News -

The Hills Youth am­bas­sadors will be keep­ing peo­ple ac­tive and cre­ative at this year’s Aus­tralia Day event at Bella Vista Farm.

Reshmi Niriella, Tian Wong See and Sa­van­nah Man­dakini are look­ing for­ward to be­ing a big part of the day by run­ning ac­tiv­i­ties and chat­ting to peo­ple at the Youth hub near the Bella Vista home­stead.

For those feel­ing ac­tive there will be a Blend-It bike to power and make a healthy smoothie and for those feel­ing cre­ative there are sev­eral pan­els of gi­ant mu­ral to colour in.

Tian will also be chat­ting about his men­tal health book­let (see sep­a­rate story on this page)

The Hills to Hawkes­bury News asked Sa­van­nah Man­dakini and Reshmi Niriella what Aus­tralia Day meant to them.

This is what they said:

SA­VAN­NAH: “Aus­tralia Day, in my opinion, means a lot of things, but mainly it’s about cel­e­brat­ing what Aus­tralia was, is and will be in the fu­ture. “It’s about ac­knowl­edg­ing the indige­nous peo­ple on whose land we stand to­day and the peo­ple from var­i­ous coun­tries who have made our coun­try what it is.”

“It’s about cel­e­brat­ing Aus­tralia’s achieve­ments. And, most im­por­tantly, it’s about think­ing about Aus­tralia’s fu­ture and how we’re go­ing to make it an even bet­ter coun­try than what it is.”

“Let’s make the most of our team and com­mu­nity spirit to get to­gether as the ci­ti­zens, and es­pe­cially the young ci­ti­zens, of this coun­try on Aus­tralia Day to talk about our fu­ture. Be­cause if we don’t, who else will?

RESHMI: “To me, Aus­tralia Day in­volves cel­e­bra­tion. Cel­e­brat­ing the land and the peo­ple who live here. “It’s also a day of reflection on Aus­tralia’s his­tory and how it has evolved into the con­tem­po­rary Aus­tralia we live in to­day.”

“As I wasn’t born here, Aus­tralia Day to me also in­volves ap­pre­ci­at­ing a so­ci­ety which em­braces dif­fer­ent eth­nic groups and unit­ing all groups to­gether to stand proud as Aus­tralians.”

Help colour in a gi­ant mu­ral this Aus­tralia Day

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