Cultural Perspectives were excited to be working at the Make Healthy Normal Zone Refugee Week event run by SydWest yesterday20 June at Blacktown RSL, promoting healthy eating and active living to newly arrived communities in Australia.
Dressed up with orange balloons, the Blacktown RSL welcomed approximately 500 refugees including families and kids with a series of music and dance shows, celebrating the human spirit of refugees and creating a welcoming environment. At the Make Health Normal zone stall, community members learned about helpful information about healthy living and diet. At the Make Health Normal Zone, a range of fun games and activities including soccer, hula-hooping and quoits attracted a large crowd to take up the challenge and encourage communities to become more active. The presence at the refugee week community event has raised awareness of healthy living, particularly among the large proportion of people coming from diverse backgrounds.
Blacktown is a City of diverse cultures and young, thriving communities. A home to people representing approximately 180 countries and over 340,000 people. Other than English, the most common languages spoken in households across the City are Filipino/Tagalog, Hindi, Arabic, Punjabi and Samoan, according to the Blacktown City Council.
Read our previous blog to learn more about Refugee Week in Australia, please go to http://www.culper.com.au/blog/refugee-week-2017
Cultural Perspectives, in partnership with N2N Communications, has been engaged by NSW Health to deliver a series of community engagement activities and activations to CALD communities across NSW as part of the Make Healthy Normal campaign.