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5 ways to make a difference this Harmony Day

As Australians from all walks of life celebrate Harmony Day, Red Cross has five ideas to help you make a difference to your community.

Monday March 21, 2016

Harmony Day 2016

ThisĀ Harmony Day (March 21), Red Cross is challenging all Australians to do something practical to help make their community even more welcoming.

"Australia is one of the most culturally diverse nations in the world. Almost one in two Australians were either born overseas or have parents born overseas, one in five of us speaks a language other than English at home, and we practise over 120 religious faiths," says Judy Slatyer, Australian Red Cross CEO.

Eighty-six per cent of people think multiculturalism has been good for us, according to research from the Scanlon Foundation. And some 73 per cent say the mix of people from different national or ethnic backgrounds improves life in their local area.

Red Cross is asking Australians what they can do to make our communities even more welcoming - especially to refugees and people seeking asylum who have come to make a new life in Australia.

To get people started, Red Cross has come up with five simple ideas for people to make a difference in their school, workplace and community this Harmony Day.

"Each of us has a responsibility to help create a more harmonious and accepting society. And as a proud multicultural country, we must make sure that every person feels welcome, and they can participate in our economic, political and cultural life," says Judy Slatyer. "This is what Harmony Day is all about. We think it should be Harmony Day, every day."