SwanCare celebrates Harmony Day with saris, kimonos and grass skirts

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From India to Indonesia and everywhere in between, the dozens of cultures that make up SwanCare’s Waminda aged care facility will be celebrated when the not-for-profit organisation celebrates its cultural heritage next week. Harmony Day, which is held each year on March 21, celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity and promotes values of inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. 

SwanCare staff celebrating Harmony Day 2016

SwanCare, which will be celebrating its multicultural community the week before Harmony Day itself, will be taking the opportunity to celebrate its staff and residents, who between them represent a range of different countries from all over the world.

Team members will kick off the celebrations with a special barbecue on Tuesday 15 March, with both residents and staff attending in their traditional national costumes, as well as dressing in orange - the designated colour for Harmony Day.

SwanCare’s Diversional Therapy Coordinator Annemarie Kluvers said Harmony Day gave residents and staff an opportunity to celebrate their diversity and heritage.

“Our residents at SwanCare, along with our staff, really embrace Harmony Day; we think it’s important to create opportunities for both our staff and residents to experience other cultures in a fun and inclusive way," Ms Kluvers said.

“Although SwanCare is a non-denominational organisation, our community is like a small United Nations as we have people from a range of countries, all of whom are looking forward to seeing each other in their traditional dress, whether that’s kimonos, saris, Hawaiian grass skirts or even Aussie shorts and bush hats.

“I think our whole team really respects the reasoning behind Harmony Day, which is one of hospitality and respect for each other, and these are also important values at SwanCare.”

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