Welcome Dinner 2017

To mark Refugee Week 2017, a special Community Welcome Dinner and Ramadan Iftar event was held at STACC on Friday 23 June.

Over 80 guests from a range of backgrounds and ages from St Albans and surrounding regions gathered together to break the fast, learn more about the diverse cultural and faith traditions in Brimbank, and enjoy delicious food brought by guests.

The highlight of the night was seeing and experiencing the warmth of people’s hearts to welcome each other despite being strangers and an open-ness to new conversations and connections. In the words of one newly arrived guest, “It was wonderful and amazing to meet with these wonderful people who have shown the love they have for community.”

The dinner was part of the larger Welcome Dinner Project, run by joiningthedots, which seeks to connect newly arrived people including migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and international students with established Australians over a shared meal, usually in a family home or trusted community space. This special dinner was a collaboration with Brimbank City Council, New Hope Foundation and Brimbank-Maribyrnong Interfaith Network. The interfaith network screened their video ‘Articles of Faith: A Collection of Interfaith Stories’ that promoted harmony and cooperation.

You can read more and get involved with the Welcome Dinner Project here.