YADMA Celebrates 10 Years
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Young and District Multicultural Association Inc (YADMA).
The group began at a simple picnic attended by a small group of women. They formed a committee and haven’t looked back since.
YADMA President Josefina Johnson, who moved to Australia from the Phillippines 38 years ago, said that the formation of the group had made a huge difference for the community.
“Living in a small town like Young it is really hard to get out there and meet people,” Ms Johnson said.
“I was living on the farm, too, it was really hard to get out and find friends and activities. We now have a welcoming committee for newcomers.”
YADMA is a platform to help newcomers and immigrants, especially those with families, to find friends and get involved in the greater community.
Ms Johnson said that she networked with other agencies and organisations to help make a difference.
“I like to give back to my community and channel people to the agencies that can help them. It’s my passion to help the multicultural community.”
They were awarded the Young Australia Day Cultural Award in 2013. This year, YADMA will celebrate their ten year anniversary in conjunction with Harmony Day with a gala dinner at the Young Golf Club on March 19, and everyone is invited. Tickets cost $55 each. There will be live entertainment, including singer Brian Lorenz, cultural dances and a multicultural fashion parade. Attendees are encouraged to wear their own ethnic or cultural costumes, with a prize for best dressed.
Ms Johnson said it was going to be an event that showcased the Hilltops region’s strong spirit of inclusiveness.
“We want to celebrate Harmony Week and show a sense of belonging for everyone,” she said.
“Our event is to remind the community why our cultural diversity is one of our region’s greatest assets and we are stronger because of it.”
“We want everyone, no matter who they are or where they are from, to come along and have fun and celebrate Harmony Week.”
This year’s Harmony Week coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. RSVP for the 3-course gala event is set for March 3.
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