Erin Mercer from the Mulitcultural Community Council and Jimzeena Le Cerf from Southern Cross uni ger ready to celebrate Harmony day at the Gold Coast Campus.
Erin Mercer from the Mulitcultural Community Council and Jimzeena Le Cerf from Southern Cross uni ger ready to celebrate Harmony day at the Gold Coast Campus. Blainey Woodham

Harmony celebrations bring focus to Close the Gap

HARMONY was the key word on today when Southern Cross University campus at the Gold Coast hosted events.

"Harmony Day is celebrated each year coinciding with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination," a spokesman for SCU said.

"It is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home from traditional custodians of the land to newly arrived immigrants."

The continuing theme for Harmony Day is 'Everyone belongs', with a sub-theme of 'Many stories, one Australia'.Events included story telling and Close the Gap Day was also celebrated.

"This is about a commitment by all Australian governments to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians, and in particular provide a better future for Indigenous children," the spokesman said.

Closing the Gap is focused on seven areas including early childhood, schooling, health, economic participation, healthy homes, safe communities and governance and leadership.This year participants will be asked to sign a petition supporting Close the Gap Day.

Already 185,000 Australians have taken the '30 for 2030' pledge supporting Indigenous health equality by 2030.



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