On the 21st of June at St Marys Memorial Hall the Penrith Multicultural Interagency celebrated Refugee Week. This is an interagency that NCNS proudly supports and works alongside.
The Refugee Week theme for this year is – Finding Freedom, this has a number of important functions: It raises awareness of the issues affecting refugees. The theme aims to highlight aspects of the refugee experience and help the broader community to understand what it is like to be a refugee. It helps to make Refugee Week a national celebration. The theme provides a focal point for events across Australia, uniting separate activities into a single nationwide celebration. It promotes harmony and togetherness. The theme unites individuals, communities and organisations from many different backgrounds behind a common cause.
The common theme is a reminder that, regardless of our differences, we all share a common humanity. It broadens the impact of Refugee Week. The theme provides a common, cohesive message which can be promoted across the country, helping to maximise the effectiveness of awareness-raising activities.
With a turn out of 170 people from all different cultural backgrounds, the event was an amazing success and display of multiculturalism.