Essendon event builds harmony
Thursday, 1 May 2008 - Released by Laurie Ferguson MP
Up to 1000 people are expected to come together at Essendon Football Club’s Walk in Harmony event on May 4 for cultural celebrations and sporting activities promoting acceptance, diversity and inclusion.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Settlement Services, Laurie Ferguson, said today the event would culminate in a symbolic walk from Flemington Community Centre to Melbourne’s Telstra Dome.
‘Walk in Harmony is part of Essendon Football Club’s Kicking Goals for Harmony project to build links between the wider community and new community groups,’ Mr Ferguson said.
‘Kicking Goals for Harmony engages young people from diverse backgrounds in Australian rules football to create a sense of belonging and community.’
Mr Ferguson said local club football competitions could enable players’ families and friends to get involved as volunteers or supporters.
‘This can help them feel connected with a community,’ Mr Ferguson said.
The parliamentary secretary said Kicking Goals for Harmony had received $35 000 in Australian Government funding for activities also including internet pages and an 18-week program in schools.
‘The schools’ program will reach more than 3000 students with activities building self-esteem and leadership skills,’ Mr Ferguson said.
‘The project also includes Essendon Football Club’s development of an online resource which will share information on how young people can access recreational community activities and services,’ Mr Ferguson added.
Walk in Harmony events begin at noon on May 4 at the Flemington Community Centre.
The harmony walk begins at 2pm at the Flemington Community Centre.
Participants will arrive at Telstra Dome in time for the Australian Football League match between Essendon Bombers and Port Adelaide Power.
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Last update: 05 March 2012 at 16:26 AEST