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On Tuesday, February 24, 10 Migrant Resource Centres and Multicultural Services across NSW will host free events for the local community to come together in a show of solidarity.

A united voice will be on display through activities such as forums, discussions, soccer games, sausage sizzles and performances by local musicians.

The aim of the Standing Together campaign is to send a strong message that recent events carried out by gunmen in Sydney and overseas, during which a number of people died, should not divide the community.

SSI is the umbrella organisation for NSW Migrant Resource Centres and Multicultural Services, and shares the concerns of its members about the effect these events have had on the local community, not only the Muslim community but also refugee and migrant groups.

SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis said that MRCs share values of social justice, diversity, respect, and compassion, and so too does the majority of the population.

“We have all worked hard over many years to develop a vibrant and unified multicultural society, and we can’t let the actions of a few individuals affect the sense of community and cohesion that we have established,” said Ms Roumeliotis.

Individual event details:

Auburn Diversity Services Inc.:
Lunch & entertainment
11am-1pm
17 Macquarie Road, AUBURN
Event information: Aynalem on 9649 6955

Community Migrant Resource Centre:
Community Walk
10am
Centenary Square, Parramatta Town Hall
Event information: Priscella Engall 9687 9901

Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre:
Soccer tournament, community BBQ
3pm-6pm
Mounties Bowling Club, Uleverstone street, Fairfield
Event information: Abdul on 97270477

Illawarra Multicultural Services:
Lunchtime celebration of peace and harmony
12.30pm - 2pm
Civic Plaza, Burelli Street Wollongong
Event information: Mohan Gunasekara on 0409 717 877

Liverpool Migrant Resource Centre:
Community Breakfast
Presentation and discussion
8:30am- 10am
108 Moore Street, Liverpool
Event information: Hodan Admed on 9601 3788

Macarthur Diversity Services:
Community Cohesion Networking Afternoon Tea
3pm-5pm
Café Kulcha L1, 171-179 Queen St, Campbelltown
RSVP Essential: 4627 1188

Northern Settlement Services:
Community BBQ
12pm-3pm
Multicultural Neighbourhood Centre, 3 Illalung Road, Lambton
Event information: Lulu Tantos on 4969 3399

St George Migrant Resource Centre:
The spiritual practice of fasting: Intellectual and spiritual enlightenment with local religious leaders and scholars.
5:30pm-8:00pm
Civic Theatre, Hurstville Entertainment Centre, 16 MacMahon Street, Hurstville
Event information: Sarithya on 0424 543 389

SydWest Multicultural Service:
Community BBQ, speakers, local entertainment
10am-12.30pm
Village Green, Campbell St, Blacktown
Event information: Silvana on 9621 6633

Sydney Multicultural Community Services:
Community BBQ
12pm-3pm
3 General Bridges Crescent, Daceyville
Event information: Inja on 9663 3922

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