The Walk Together For Refugees event in Toowoomba.
The Walk Together For Refugees event in Toowoomba. Nev Madsen

COMMUNITY spirit was high when the African drums from musical group Dudu Zulu rang out at the Village Green.

The 'call to the people' was the beginning of the annual Walk Together for Refugees, which saw hundreds support refugees and asylum seekers in the city on Saturday afternoon.

Ending at St Luke's Church, it was the second time the walk had been held.

Andrew Kavuala, a Democratic Republic of the Congo national, began working in Toowoomba just one week ago.

After spending 22 years a refugee in Zambia, he was ecstatic to have been able to bring his family to Australia.

"I'm so grateful and thank the Lord and Toowoomba for everything they've done for my family," he said.

Mr Kavuala works as a teacher's aid at Harristown State High School, while his eight children also attend school in the city.

"We are very happy here and enjoying ourselves a lot," he said. "We are settling down very well."

Elham Zaki and Mohamedain Adam from Sudan were also grateful to now call Toowoomba home, with their sons Ahmed and Mohamed settling in nicely to Darling Heights State School.

The celebration of diversity was co-ordinated by the Multicultural Development Association, with the aim of sending the message that everyone is equal.

Multicultural development officer from Toowoomba Regional Council Roberto Garcia said it was a walk of solidarity.

"Toowoomba is only the third city to be named a Refugee Welcome Zone," Mr Garcia said. "It took us a year to make this happen."

Toowoomba was one of 15 cities around Australia that held a walk.



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