A local non-for-profit training organisation for disadvantaged people celebrated its very first Harmony Week celebrations earlier last week.
Centacare Employment and Training offers programs, courses and support services for disadvantaged members of the community who are looking to learn skills or obtain qualifications to go on to further study, training or employment.
The celebrations kicked off on March 17 as the founder of Art vs Depression, Gavin Grace, collaborated with 60 students to paint a new mural in one of the training sites.
The mural marked the organisation’s first Harmony Week celebrations and Mr Grace will be coming back next year to complete the mural with portraits of each one of the students.
Other activities on the day included learning traditional arts, culture and musical instruments, playing traditional games, teaching students how to kick a footy and a fun photo booth.
Centacare staff Jenn Ng said these activities were centred around the theme of ‘We are one. We are many.’
“The event was an opportunity to encourage inclusiveness of different cultural backgrounds that make up our community,” she said.
“Thanks to Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, we were able to provide our students with a piece of art to commemorate not only for their contribution to the mural but most importantly, celebrate the success of multiculturalism in our community.
“Our students inspired us to continue to do what we do every day and this is our way of giving back to our wonderfully diverse group of students.”
Training sites are available in Cannington, Gosnells, Armadale, Joondalup and Hilton.