This Friday, celebrate refugee contributions in Western Sydney: #WithRefugees

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People of all ages and backgrounds are invited to the Blacktown City Refugee Week Celebration 2018 events in Mt Druitt, Friday 22 June, 2018 from 10am.

SydWest Multicultural Services has joined forces with a large group of interested local services to deliver an inclusive and inspirational celebration for the achievements and contributions that refugees make to our local society.

The event will be held at Westfield Mt Druitt, corner Luxford Road and Carlisle Avenue in Mt Druitt starting at 10am.

The event will be officially opened by the Mayor of Blacktown City, Hon Stephen Bali MP with a very special Welcome to Country by the local indigenous traditional custodians of the land.

The event will showcase a colourful array of cultural entertainers, including a middle eastern fashion parade and dance, belly-dancing, Ethiopian and pubjabi traditional dances, showcasing some of our leading local talents and succeeding refugees who have made Blacktown City their home.

Two young refugees Ghaith and Layth Al-Janabi will also be speaking during the event, sharing their story and journey to settling in Australia.

Around 300 people are expected to attend this free event and enjoy the opportunity for communities to come together, connect and share and unite in welcoming and supporting our refugee neighbours and share a meal.

SydWest Multicultural Services CEO, Elfa Moraitakis is encouraging people of all backgrounds to join in the Refugee Week celebrations.

Refugee Week 2018 is a fabulous opportunity for the whole community to come together, to celebrate and share the success of the settlement journey.

The Blacktown City event is a very special chance for everyone to share in the spirit of unity and to acknowledge and respect each individual who has had to leave their home country for fear of persecution. It’s also an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the fact that we can call Australia our home, she said.

The Blacktown City Refugee Celebration Event is a collaboration of government, community and not for profit organisations including: SydWest Multicultural Services, Blacktown City Council, MECA Mt Druitt and community partners.

 

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