April 04, 2023
Open Hands Diversity Day Celebration: Community Family FUNDAY is an annual event that brings together families, friends, and members of the community for a day of fun and activities. The event was organised by the Open Hands Community, a non-profit organisation that works to improve the lives of people in the community by providing various forms of responsive, person-centred, and tailored supports.
This year’s Diversity Day Celebration, was a huge success, attracting more than 200+ attendees from all around the Brisbane South-East region. The event, which took place on Saturday, 25th March 2023, featured a wide range of activities and entertainment for individuals and families of all ages. With a light drizzle, the weather was beautiful with Sunshine enjoyed throughout the day.
Children enjoyed a range of games and activities, including face painting, jumping castles, animal farm and various arts, crafts and cultural African drumming workshops. There were also several other physical activities, including a sack races, pony rides and raffle competitions.
Adults were not left out, either. They enjoyed live music, African drumming performances, and a range of market stalls with varied food and drink options. There were also several local community vendors with handmade crafts, jewellery, clothing, and other items.
One of the highlights of the event was the community collaboration of all community members coming together to celebrate each other’s cultures. The FUNDAY event celebrated cultural diversity, inclusivity, respect, and a sense of belonging for everyone irrespective of backgrounds.
Another highlight of the event was the raffle, which raised vital funds for the Open Hands Community and our services and programs on offer. Several Government officials such as the Honourable Milton Dick MP, the Honourable Leeanne Enoch MP, Councillor Angela Owen – Calamvale Ward, Councillor Steve Griffiths – Moorooka Ward & sponsored and donated prizes, including gift certificates, hampers, and other valuable items. The lucky winners of the raffles were thrilled with their prizes, and all the funds raised will go a long way in supporting the work of the Open Hands Community.
Overall, the Diversity Day Celebration: Community Family FUNDAY was a huge success in bringing together members of the community for a day of fun, entertainment, and community spirit. The event was a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Open Hands Community, as well as the incredible generosity and support of local businesses and our valued community members.
The success of the event has inspired the Open Hands Community to continue to work hard to improve the lives of people in the community, and to organize more events like the Open Hands Community Family FUNDAY in the future. With the continued support of the community, the Open Hands Community is sure to make a lasting impact on the lives of many people in the years to come, living up to our ethos of “Transformation for a life lived abundantly”.
A huge thank you to all our Sponsors especially the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, the Honourable Leanne Linard MP and the Queensland Government, for supporting Open Hands Community Care with a $5,000 grant which enabled the team to make this event possible and memorable for all. A special thank you to the Queensland African Communities Council (QACC) President; Mr. Beny Bol OAM and Vice-President; Ms. Belleange Tshibangu for gracing the occasion. A special thank you to the Core Leadership Team of THOP Church, our wider THOP Church family and of course to all community members and supporters for making it all happen.
We look forward to creating more unforgettable moments such as the Diversity Day Celebration: Community Family FUNDAY, with more future events.
Watch this space!