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Winning poster promotes unity


‘A common thread hangs between us, despite our differences’ was the powerful message related by Vanisa Chaodee in her award-winning poster to celebrate SA Refugee Week.

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Vanisa, who is in Year 11 at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College, took out the secondary school category in the annual poster competition which is organised by the Australian Migrant Resource Centre.

Hundreds of entries were received from around the State, with Tcross Laisun from Holy Family Catholic School also featuring in the winners list, being named runner-up for best poster in the primary school section.

Andrew Hill AM, who was one of the judges for the competition and curator of the exhibition, congratulated all participants for using a range of visual art techniques and media to express their ideas about multiculturalism, cultural diversity, anti-racism and the welcoming of refugees into Australia.

“And those ideas take us back to the core of what makes us human, caring, compassionate, social animals, and stress the imperative to overcome the intolerances which divide us and to nurture the virtuous qualities which unite us,” he said.

“To understand that having a nation comprised of people of diverse backgrounds gives us great strength and cultural richness and that our multicultural society gifts us the foundations to use our openness and skills to build a harmonious and peaceful country.”

Selected entries were on show in the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery at the Hawke Centre during June, with the exhibition visiting regional and community venues in coming months.

Refugee Week was celebrated from June 20-26 with various activities and events being held around the nation.


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