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Corps get creative to celebrate Harmony Week

Corps get creative to celebrate Harmony Week

Corps get creative to celebrate Harmony Week

29 March 2019

A Harmony Week dinner was held at the Wollongong Corps centre as a means of introducing class participants to The Salvation Army.

By Bill Simpson

About 90 adults and children associated with English Conversation Classes at Wollongong Corps shared dinner last week to celebrate Harmony Week.

The special week (15-21 March) is marked throughout Australia, celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity, promoting inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

Wollongong Corps has been conducting its weekly English Conversation Classes program for just over two years at the Wollongong and Warrawong libraries.

The classes are attended by people from a dozen or more countries. They started initially to assist refugees, but have been extended to include university students, workers and their families, and people on longer-stay visas.

The Harmony Week dinner was held at the Wollongong Corps centre as a means of introducing class participants to The Salvation Army.

Staff from Café Essay (located within the corp building) catered for the event, which was funded by a grant from The Salvation Army Inclusive Australia.

alice springs

Alice Springs Corps and community services celebrated harmony and unity among its community by inviting locals to create a combined art piece on Harmony Day and share in a barbeque meal together.

Around 100 people of varying nationalities gathered at the local community centre, The Waterhole, for this occasion. The event brought together corps members, volunteers, staff, and clients from the hostel and drop-in centre, and members of the local mental health services.

“We are producing a combined community painting expressing how, in The Waterhole, despite our various backgrounds, we come together to share in harmony and unity,” said Alice Springs Social Program Network Director Nari McGifford.

Participants came from various local Indigenous communities, Africa and New Zealand, highlighting the power of connection previously built by the corps and community services in town. 

“We had a really good turnout and are encouraged that, despite our diverse backgrounds, we can walk in harmony and unity together,” Nari said.

 

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