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• Hurstville to unite the cultures


The ‘Many Cultures, One Hope’ event will include cultural performances by various local groups, including a Salvation Army timbrel display – (from left) Cynthia Wang, Beth Shao, Qiaoyun Zhen and Jackie Hu.

‘Many Cultures, One Hope’ is the theme of a multicultural celebration to be staged by Hurstville Salvos in Hurstville Plaza, southern Sydney, on Sunday 22 October.


It will be a celebration of the diverse communities that call Hurstville home.


“From Asia to Africa, Europe to the Americas, and everywhere in between, we are coming together to showcase the beauty of our differences and the power of our shared humanity,” said Nuria Gonsalves, the driving force behind ‘Many Cultures, One Hope’.


Nuria is the Army’s CALD Community Engagement National Lead in the Intercultural and Disability Inclusion Team.


The event is free and will include cultural performances by various local groups, including dance, music and performances from around the world.


It’s also a family day with kids’ activities and entertainment on offer. Global cuisine will be featured with a variety of multicultural food stalls from local businesses.


Information will be available on The Salvation Army’s free services, which are available locally.


“It’s an opportunity to learn about The Salvation Army’s services and embrace different cultures. It’s also an opportunity to volunteer in the Hurstville community and build bridges of understanding,” Nuria said.


“As we celebrate our diversity, we also recognise our commonality. Through dialogue, respect, and collaboration, we can create a brighter future for all.”


The ‘Many Cultures, One Hope’ event is supported by Georges River Council, including Councillor Ben Wang, the Georges River Association, local businesses, volunteers and Major Sherrie Nicol and Lieutenant Beth Shao of the Hurstville Salvos.


Details: Many Cultures, One Hope. Hurstville Plaza, 296 Forest Road, Hurstville. Sunday, October 22, 10.30am to 2pm. Everyone is welcome. People are encouraged to wear something that reflects their culture.


*An edited version of an article courtesy of St George and Sutherland Shire Leader. Author: Jim Gainsford

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