Kalamunda: stormy weather can’t dampen Harmony Day

Adam Anistino celebrates Harmony Day at Kalamunda Water Park. Picture: David Baylis
Adam Anistino celebrates Harmony Day at Kalamunda Water Park. Picture: David Baylis

STORMY weather hampered celebrations at the Kalamunda Water Park when it marked Harmony Day on Tuesday with a family fun day.

YMCA WA chief executive Ross Kyrwood said Harmony Day was an opportunity for all communities to come together to celebrate cultural diversity across the nation.

“We encouraged all of our services, including Kalamunda Water Park, to acknowledge the importance of this day, as it really highlights the inclusive environment we stand for at the Y,” he said.

“We are really proud of the community we have created. We have inspiring young people representing the Y, we have employees, customers, and families at our childcare services and they’re all from such different backgrounds.”

MORE: WA Police make arrests after woman allegedly shot in home invasion

MORE: Experienced skydiver dies in accident at Australian Skydiving Championships in York

MORE: April Pools Day: CPR workshop to help equip parents with skills to save life in emergency

MORE: Beauty and the Beast review: tale as old as time a magical experience with gusto

Kalamunda Water Park visitors were offered orange zinc and the opportunity to add their handprint to a large poster celebrating cultural diversity.

Meanwhile the City of Swan will host its annual family friendly event at Karajini Oval in Ballajura on Sunday with cultural performances including African drumming, Chinese lion dancers and performances from local schools.

City mayor Mick Wainwright said Harmony Day promoted the message everyone belonged.

“Australia is built on ideas and traditions from all over the world and our country’s cultural diversity is just one of the reason’s this country is so great,” he said.

“More than 30 per cent of the City’s residents are born overseas, which has created a diverse and welcoming community.”

Harmony Day is held every year on March 21 to coincide with United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.