12 July, 2012

Nelson Mandela Day 2012

This year on 18 July — Nelson Mandela's 94th birthday — the UN is joining a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.
For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity — as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.

09 July, 2012

Walk Together - looking back!

On June 23, 2012 at 1pm, 400 West Australians took part in the inaugural Walk Together event which was coordinated by JUSTSalvos WA (The Social Justice Department of TSA in WA) with the assistance of many other faith and community groups

The Walk Together began at The Esplanade in Fremantle with some speeches by prominent social justice advocates and a minutes silence in remembrance of those who lost their lives at sea, having fled persecution to seek the great Australian dream of freedom and hope. The Walk wound its way through Fremantle with African drummers, some Salvo brass, and lots of clapping, dancing and celebration, then ended at the Welcome Fiesta- a small festival celebrating the diverse cultures that make up the Australian experience.

Walk Together W.A was a celebration of all that diversity adds to our society, culture
and community as we recognised that we have all walked different paths to become part of the combined Australian journey.
It gave everyone in the community—long-term Australians, Indigenous Australians, refugees, migrants, international students and all other Australian citizens—the chance to welcome the latest arrivals to our community and to demonstrate our support for its beautiful multicultural reality.

While only 10 Salvo’s were able to make it, many hundreds from the Anglican, Uniting and Catholic Churches were able to represent people of faith who believe in Australia as a land of hope, inclusion and welcome. Other groups to get on board included the Greens, Tear Australia and Amnesty International

The event was covered by 10, 9 and ABC News and “Perth Now” who all highlighted the positive and celebratory tone of the event.

Through the event itself and the subsequent media coverage we hope that this
initiative promoted the positive impacts of living in a diverse society.
We also hope that new arrivals to WA will know that there were 400 West Australians who came together for the event who want to help them thrive here and enjoy the freedom and peace they have come here for.
Walk Together also took place in 10 capital cities and several regional cities around the nation and was a very successful day, with over 10,000 people in attendance across the nation.