Sharing a common footprint

A MOSAIC wall mural produced by members of the Gippsland community was unveiled as part of Harmony Day celebrations at Relationships Australia Victoria’s Traralgon centre yesterday.

Cultural diversity was celebrated as part of the centre’s open day which, together with the mural’s unveiling, aimed to “forge a sense of belonging” in keeping with nation-wide Harmony Day activities.

“The wall mural contains an individually decorated replica of 46 people’s feet, walking along a shared path,” RAV Traralgon centre manager Jo Huggins said.

“The message we want to convey is that although we may look different, we all share a common footprint.”

The mosaic was created by rep?resen?tatives of the local community including the Traralgon Neighbourhood House, Global Studio in Morwell, members of the Callignee Stitch and Chat group, the Cooinda Hill Disability Service and Lavalla Catholic College.

Ms Huggins said work had started on Harmony Day last year and the finishing touches were added over five workshops throughout the year.

“It will now have pride of place as a permanent fixture on our Traralgon centre wall, reflecting that anyone and everyone is welcome at our centre and in our community,” she said.

Entertainment was provided yesterday by local Filipino and Sudanese dance groups and singers and free activities were on offer including beading and mandala and badge making.