SHARING: Maison Duck,1, of Lismore, Christina Duhigg, 3, of Lismore and Akony Macrk, 3, of Goonellabah at the YMCA in Goonellabah celebrating Harmony Day.
SHARING: Maison Duck,1, of Lismore, Christina Duhigg, 3, of Lismore and Akony Macrk, 3, of Goonellabah at the YMCA in Goonellabah celebrating Harmony Day. Jacklyn Wagner And Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Region comes together in joyful harmony

PEOPLE across the region have come together to celebrate Harmony Day with events organised over the past few days.

On Thursday, children from Jarjum Centre Preschool and Lismore Preschool came together for a Harmony Day lunch, where the children were free to enjoy a jumping castle, face painting, play equipment, games and finger painting, plus some indigenous storytelling.

Director of Jarjum Centre, Maurita Cavanough, said that the day was about having fun while promoting a good message and looking at cultures other than your own.

"We've been talking to the kids about diversity and differences and how to appreciate that," she said.

Cousins Alicia Roberts of East Lismore and her baby Rylan Cox, 20 months and Stacey Roberts and her baby Khalia Roberts, 10 months.
Cousins Alicia Roberts of East Lismore and her baby Rylan Cox, 20 months and Stacey Roberts and her baby Khalia Roberts, 10 months.

In another event, Lismore Neighbourhood Centre with the International Rainbow Club celebrated the day at the Lismore City Bowling Club with music from the Winsome Gospel Choir and Luke Vasella, performance from the Lismore School of Irish Dancers, and speakers including Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell and Matt Dunne from the office of Page MP Janelle Saffin.

Over at Southern Cross University's Lismore campus, crowds were entertained with music, a photographic display, storytelling by Jenni Cargill-Strong and a morning tea as they celebrated the "everybody belongs" theme of Harmony Day.

Harmony Day was celebrated at the Goonellabah YWCA NSW branch yesterday, as children and families came together to play together.

Kids for Life co-ordinator at the Goonellabah YWCA NSW branch, Zoe Dodd, explained that their three weekly supported playgroups had combined as one this week, with their open group, their indigenous group, and their Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) groups coming together for the day.

Families gathered to play and join in on some origami arts, co-ordinated by three Japanese mothers from the playgroup, or some indigenous arts and crafts run by other family members, among other activities.

Nhi Tran, Clarice Mee, Shineea Walker, Nyle Syed, An Thanh Nguyen (aka Zippo) Jackie Lanigan (teacher) and Mia Love.
Nhi Tran, Clarice Mee, Shineea Walker, Nyle Syed, An Thanh Nguyen (aka Zippo) Jackie Lanigan (teacher) and Mia Love.


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