When our young champion kite flyer created his paper kite last week his simple aim was to make a craft that he could lift up in the air and keep it there, catching the Dry Season breezes of Darwin.
Yet, this simple act of child’s play could not have been a more perfect example of why we come together for World Refugee Week, to have fun, to lift our spirits and let them fly.
In now what is becoming a popular attraction in Darwin’s World Refugee Week calendar, Relationship Australia NT once again hosted a kite-making stall at the Malak Oval during the Refugee Football World Cup.
Children of all sizes (yes some parents got involved too) tested their skills in making paper kites and seeing how well they would fly. The children decorated the kites with bright images and messages adding to the overall vibe of positive energy for World Refugee Week.
Taken from the second verse of the national anthem, this year’s theme for World Refugee Week was “With Courage Let Us Combine”. Aimed at inspiring a call for unity and positive action, encouraging us to improve our nation’s welcome for refugees and to acknowledge the skills, energy and resource potential that people with a refugee background contribute to Australian society.
World Refugee Week organisers combined forces with over fourteen organisations and community groups to engage with a wider audience, create opportunities for positive social interaction and further raise the profile of refugees within the Darwin and Palmerston communities.
The week included:
- Refugee Football World Cup at the Malak Oval, including teams from East and West Africa, Afghanistan, Myanmar, West Papua, Football Without Borders, Darwin High School, Melaleuca Refugee Centre and Adult English Migrant Program (AMEP, CDU).
- Film nights at the Deckchair and in Palmerston,
- Darwin ‘Welcome Lunch’ at Alawa, and
- Youth flash mob dance performances at surprise locations in Darwin.
Relationships Australia NT was proud to work with Football Without Borders and the Football Federation NT in partnership with Melaleuca Refugee Centre to provide this inclusive, socially engaging community event and thanks the City of Darwin and Anglicare NT for their support.
Internationally kites have great symbolic meaning and can be found in stories from ancient civilisations to the modern day. Incorporating this activity into World Refugee Week gives us an opportunity to share and connect people with the natural environment. To celebrate ancient traditions and give wings to hope and a new beginning.
Relationships Australia looks forward to the 2016 World Refugee Week and the opportunity to once again help others in aiming high in our multi-cultural community.
World Refugee Week is a collaborative venture involving; Melaleuca Refugee Centre, Football Without Borders, Football Federation NT, Welcome Dinner Project, Tracks Dance Company, City of Palmerston, Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network, Anglicare NT, Relationships Australia NT, Multicultural Council NT, Darwin Community Arts, Adult Migrant English Program and City of Darwin.