Clay Thomas and Caroline Bellenger enjoy Harmony Day celebrations at Southern Cross University.
Clay Thomas and Caroline Bellenger enjoy Harmony Day celebrations at Southern Cross University. John Gass

Harmony Day full of colour

SOUTHERN Cross University was bursting with colour yesterday as it celebrated Harmony Day, recognising cultural diversity and the elimination of racism around the world with the colour orange.

SCU equity and diversity manager Rachel Callahan said the goal of Harmony Day was to encourage respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

“Universities are one of the most culturally diverse places in a community,” Ms Callahan said. “Harmony Day provides an opportunity for us to celebrate that diverse society.

“We wear the colour orange to say no to racism and to show our commitment to community harmony.”

Celebrations were held at the beachside, riverside and lakeside campuses on the Gold Coast and Tweed with orange-themed morning tea, including orange cakes and drinks.

“Each year, the key message is everyone belongs,” Ms Callahan said.

“It’s aimed at getting people of all cultural backgrounds together to promote respect and to celebrate the importance and benefits of a rich and diverse community.”

Harmony Day coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, held annually to highlight cultural diversity.



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