A ta­ble of kind­ness

The 3rd day of Christ­mas

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Initiative -

We all know the main event of Christ­mas is food. It brings peo­ple to­gether and breaks down bar­ri­ers. The Wel­come Din­ner Project has been build­ing on this idea since 2013, bring­ing es­tab­lished Aus­tralians and new ar­rivals to­gether to share a meal.

Founder Penny El­s­ley was work­ing in set­tle­ment ed­u­ca­tion, hear­ing over and over that many new ar­rivals had never set foot in an Aus­tralian’s house. Her ini­tial plan to bring peo­ple to­gether to share their “com­mon hu­man­ity” has now “ex­panded and our­ished be­yond any­one’s wildest dreams,” says project co-or­di­na­tor Rachel Clark.

For new ar­rivals, a meal of­fers a sense of com­mu­nity. For es­tab­lished Aus­tralians, it’s a chance to learn from the ex­pe­ri­ences of peo­ple from across the globe. “Bring­ing peo­ple to­gether is the most pow­er­ful, trans­for­ma­tive act for chang­ing per­spec­tives,” says Rachel.

Christ­mas pro­vides the chance to ex­tend an in­vi­ta­tion – visit wel­comedin­ner­pro­ject.org

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.