- Posted March 31, 2014 by
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Impact Your World
Harmony Day Festival 2014 Promoting Peace
Organised by World Harmony Society Inc. (WHS) and supported by Ipswich City Council, Harmony Day Festival was held on Saturday, 15th March 2014, at 3:00pm to 8:00pm at Robelle Domain Park, Springfield Central.
Thousands attended to celebrate Australia’s diversity, to pay cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world.
Attended VIPs including Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Shayne Neumann MP, Bernie Ripoll MP, Senator Claire Moore, Cr Sheila Ireland, Inspector Michelle Stenner, Representative of QLD Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and Rosalie Raciti representing Indiginious Elder Aunty Heather Castledine.
Mayor Paul Pisasale welcomed more than 60 organisations who joined in the event, and more than 100 different ethnic background people attended the festival. Mayor Pisasale was glad to see so many cultures could coming together to celebrate the Harmony Day, as this is what the government want – a multicultural society.
Shayne Neumann MP not only spoke at the festival, he has also made a report about the festival in his Parliament Speech. The following is the speech video:
President of WHS Ms Shan Ju Lin gave a special thanks to Ipswich City Council for sponsoring the festival, providing the opportunity for the communities to gather together, to understand each other’s culture, and appreciate each other’s effort for sharing the uniqueness that each culture has. She also said that multiculturalism wouldn’t be able to blossom without strong government support.
Ms Lin also gave her appreciations for all participants of the festival, including all performers, volunteers and stall holders. “Without everybody’s support and effort, the event wouldn’t be a success.” Ms Lin said.
Ms Lin suggested that people shouldn’t forget there are so many people around the world are facing all kinds of persecution, war, social injustice and exploitation. She encouraged everyone to do the best, to help to expose anything we know about the crime and unfairness happening around the world. By sharing the truth to people, it could help to stop the evils from continuing their crimes, thus bringing peace to our world.
The event was featured Multicultural Performances, International Food, Various Stalls, Free Face Painting, Free Land Train, Fire Engine Display, Fun Rides, Slapstick Show and Fireworks.
WHS will be hosting the Children’s Festival on Saturday, 11th October, 2014 at 3:00pm to 8:00pm at Robelle Domain Park. Everybody is welcome.