Thousands of people around the country celebrated cultural diversity and Australia’s commitment to humanitarian values at Walk Together on October 31.
SSI CEO Violet Roumeliotis said she was proud that SSI could support the annual event, which was a strong show of support from the public.
Speaking in front of hundreds of participants at the Sydney event, Ms Roumeliotis thanked the public as well as community and political leaders for their support.
“I’m very proud that our organisation, Settlement Services International, was again able to sponsor Walk Together this year.,” Ms Roumeliotis said.
“It’s such a wonderful show of support from the community for an Australia that is welcoming to new people, and that is proudly committed to humanitarianism.
“At SSI we work with communities to settle refugees who are fortunate enough to be brought to Australia. And we provide support for people who are seeking asylum in NSW.
“The support of the Australian community — all of you — plays an incredibly significant part in helping these new arrivals to settle in Australia.
“Knowing that the Australian people welcome and accept them, is a powerful message for new arrivals to this country. It goes a long way to helping them settle here and be part of our way of life.
“This event acknowledges that no matter where we come from, Australians will accept people for who they are — free of pre-conceived stereotypes or culturally-based misconception.
“Australia is a nation that has prospered because of its great diversity. More than a quarter of all of us were born overseas, and almost a half of the population has at least one parent born overseas.
“So multiculturalism really is something to celebrate in Australia.”
Bit of dig to welcome everyone to #WalkTogether in Sydney #SayWelcome pic.twitter.com/qZFiiKwdvV— SSI (@SSI_tweets) October 31, 2015
We celebrate divesity and refugees are welcome #WalkTogether #SayWelcome pic.twitter.com/V5NYzKBUm0— Najeeba Wazefadost (@NWadefadost) October 31, 2015
Thanks to @SaraSalehOz, founder of @rebooksau, for speaking at Walk Together in Sydney yesterday! #SayWelcome pic.twitter.com/u02TEPVaiO— Welcome to Australia (@welcome2aussie) November 1, 2015
Najeeba Wazedafost: refugees do not want to be a problem, they want to be part of the solution #WalkTogether pic.twitter.com/xV1TEwJagt— SSI (@SSI_tweets) October 31, 2015