Harmony Day is about community participation, inclusiveness and respect - celebrating the different cultures that make Australia a great place to live. Harmony Day began in 1999 and since then organisations, including Red Cross, have staged more than 25,000 events in support of the day.
Red Cross was thrilled to receive a fantastic response to the 2012 Harmony Day awards. More than 800 schools and community groups celebrated the day, using Y Challenge resources. There were many strong, unique and interesting entries from all over Australia.
The main message was strong and it was loud - everyone belongs! Y Challenge programs are being taken up to celebrate cultural diversity in style.
The high calibre of entries made judging this year's awards a very difficult task. Narrowing the field to just two winners proved an enormous challenge for the judges. There were many worthy honourable mentions.
2012 Harmony Day winners
2011 Harmony Day winners
Photos: Kids from St Agnes' Primary School, in Port Macquarie have some fun with a sack race, combining sport and culture. Photo: St Agnes' Primary School.