Ararat Rural Harmony Day 2024 Celebrates Diversity and Community Unity

Ararat Rural Harmony Day 2024, held on Saturday, March 16th, at Ararat Secondary College, proved to be a resounding success, drawing over 150 attendees and performers from across the region. Hosted by Rural Australians for Refugees Grampians/Gariwerd (RAR), with the support of local church leaders, community groups and Council the event showcased the rich tapestry of cultures thriving in the Ararat community. 

The festivities commenced with a captivating performance by the Ararat City Brass Band, followed by a heartfelt Welcome to Country by Paul Kelly. MP for Ripon, Martha Haylett, and Mayor of Ararat Rural City, Cr Bob Sanders, officially inaugurated the day, setting a tone of inclusivity and celebration. 

Fr Andrew Hayes, serving as the Master of Ceremonies, navigated the day’s program with humour and inclusivity, which featured enchanting performances by the Ararat Community Choir, Solomon Islanders dancers, Karen Traditional Harp and Don Dancers, the Pacific Islander ladies group, and the Bulla Brothers. Inspirational speeches by Harry Collins, President of RAR, and John Sheen from Wyndham CEC underscored the importance of embracing diversity and fostering community cohesion. 

Attendees were treated to a culinary journey around the globe, sampling traditional cuisines from various cultures. The Lions Club, Rotary, and Ararat Gallery offered engaging activities such as face painting and creative art workshops, while a sausage sizzle delighted the children. 

Reflecting on the event’s success, Dr. Tim Harrison, CEO of Ararat Rural City Council, remarked, “Ararat Rural Harmony Day 2024 was a great success worth building on for 2025. The overwhelming attendance demonstrates the community's commitment to promoting harmony and embracing diversity.” 

Dr. Harrison extended gratitude to all organisers and volunteers for their dedication in making the event a memorable experience. “Creating harmony in our rural city is paramount, and the enthusiastic participation reflects its significance to both the Council and the community,” he added. 

As the sun set on Ararat Rural Harmony Day 2024, the echoes of laughter, music, and camaraderie lingered, serving as a testament to the strength found in unity and diversity. 


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