Harmony Day will be marked Australia-wide on March 21st and the Noosa Library has turned the event into a week-long program of harmonious events and activities for all ages, to celebrate cultural diversity and harmony in our community.
The national event will give Noosa people the opportunity to recommit to the values of respect, goodwill and understanding between Australians of all backgrounds.
The local programme will include :
• Saturday March 13th -10.30 am. Petals of Peace: participants make their own lotus flower, the symbol of Peace, writing messages or wishes for world or community harmony around the petals. They also wrap the library with the special orange coloured Harmony Day banner or write wishes for harmony around the foyer on decorations symbolising peace and harmony. (Activity suitable for both adults and children.)
• Tuesday March 16th 3.00 - 5.00 pm - 'The Refugee Experience' with Maggie Coad and Stephanie Belfrage (further background details below) who will talk about a recent visit to Baxter Detention Centre and their work with "Buddies" the Sunshine Coast group that advocates for just and compassionate treatment of all refugees.
• Tuesday March 16th - 4.30 - 6.30 pm - Rainbow Creations will be in the foyer of the library offering free Mehindi peace tattoos. Participants may have the eternal symbols of peace, om or even the yin & yang symbol tattooed on hands or arms to show commitment to peace and harmony. (Activity suitable for both adults and children.)
• Wednesday March 17th 2.00 - 3.00 pm - In the Tracks of the Rainbow; Indigenous Culture and the Legends of the Sunshine Coast. The author, Robin Wells has only recently published his book and shares knowledge gained while working alongside Noosa's First People of the Land to assist them in preserving stories and aspects of their culture.
• Saturday March 20th 10.30am - Petals of Peace : participants make their own lotus flower, the symbol of Peace, writing messages or wishes for world or community harmony around the petals. They also wrap the library with the special orange coloured Harmony Day banner or write wishes for harmony around the foyer on decorations symbolising peace and harmony. (Activity suitable for both adults and children.)
• Sunday March 21st - HARMONY DAY 9.00 am; Join the Walk Against Want for Oxfam Community Aid Abroad, at Noosa Woods starting 9 am, wearing orange, the Harmony Day colour - a vibrant colour making a bold statement. By wearing orange clothing or a ribbon you can show your personal commitment to community harmony.
Background information :
Tuesday March 16th 3.00-5.00pm The Refugee Experience.
If you wish to gain more insight into why refugees come to Australia come and listen to our speakers, Stephanie Belfrage and Maggie Coad who are both women of conscience and integrity. Stephanie Belfrage is the former Executive Director for the Office of Women for the Queensland State Government. She spent 16 years living in France and Indonesia "outside of her own culture" from which she realised that understanding the art and culture of another country is the real basis for understanding its peoples mentality, lifestyle, economy and politics.
Maggie Coad has a huge capacity for hard work on behalf of refugees. She assists in the settling and education of refugees into Australian culture and regularly corresponds with refugees in Detention Centres. She advocates on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers to government and a recent visit to Baxter Detention Centre provided her with keen and pivotal insight into conditions under which refugees are held.
Both Maggie and Stephanie are very active in Buddies, the Sunshine Coast group that supports policies towards refugees and asylum seekers that reflect respect, decency and traditional Australian generosity to those in need. Join us for an insightful look 'outside of your own culture'.
Wednesday March 17th 2.00-3.00pm In the Tracks of the Rainbow; Indigenous Culture and the Legends of the Sunshine Coast. 2003
Robin Wells wrote his book after the discovery of some possible traces of Aboriginal paintings in caves on Mt Tinbeerwah. Upon his initial climb to the cave, Robin was asked by senior Elder of the Dulungbara people John Dalungdalee Jones to be Cultural Research Officer for the Aboriginal University of Australia, to further catalogue and record Aboriginal sites and promote Aboriginal culture.
He has worked tirelessly to protect and preserve for the future the rich tapestry of Aboriginal sites to be found on the Sunshine Coast and as such is a mine of information on the Coast's ancient history. This is an opportunity to understand more about the history and stories and also to view artefacts of our chosen place of residence.
• For further information, please contact:
Jackie Tonkin - 5442 4411
or Publicity Officer Susie Osmaston
telephone : 07 5449 5282; fax : 07 5447 1062; email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Council website address : www.noosa.qld.gov.au
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