Mercy Health Celebrates What Makes Australia Special on Harmony Day

on the Thursday, March 19, 2020

Staff and residents from Claremont’s ‘mini-United Nations’ at Mercy Place Mont Clare aged care home will come together to celebrate the dozens of different cultures that make it special as part of this year’s Harmony Day.

Harmony Day on March 21 celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity and promotes values of inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone.

The inclusive multicultural message of Harmony Day rings especially true at Mercy Place Mont Clare, where residents and staff from more than a dozen countries from India to Indonesia will celebrate their cultural heritage together.

Staff members will be kicking off the celebrations with an afternoon tea and a fashion parade for residents in traditional national costumes from their countries of birth around the world, including the Philippines, Bhutan, India and Indonesia.

Mercy Place Mont Clare Service Manager, Joan Lowney, said the Harmony Day message closely aligns with Mercy Health’s values of compassion, hospitality, respect, innovation and teamwork, and the organisation’s staff and residents alike embraced it each year.

“We have so many reasons to celebrate Harmony Day at Mercy Place Mont Clare. You could say we’re the epitome of a multicultural workplace with staff from more than a dozen different countries from some of the globe’s great continents,” she said.

“The ultimate message of Harmony Day is one of peace and respect for each other, which is an important thing to be reminded of, particularly at the moment, and we think it’s important to create opportunities for both our staff and residents to experience other cultures in a fun and inclusive way.

“All of us are looking forward to seeing our colleagues in their traditional dress, whether that’s kimonos, saris, Hawaiian grass skirts or even Aussie shorts and bush hats.”

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