Our annual ‘A Taste of Harmony’ lunch was held at Bennelong House on the 21st of March. This year we adopted a storytelling approach to share with the group stories from young Australian’s from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Four speakers were engaged through a social enterprise speaker’s bureau run by the Centre for Multicultural Youth called ‘Shout Out’. The platform trains young people from CALD and refugee background on public speaking and storytelling. Staff were split up into small groups and moved around the building to hear three out of the four speakers share their story.
This was a great opportunity to further engage with one of our charity partners as well as hearing inspiring stories from these young speakers. Further to this, it was an opportunity for these young people to share and inform the Bennelong Foundation community their challenges, issues and lived experience, as well as other issues facing their communities – many of the challenges we address through our granting programmes. The speakers represented backgrounds from Sudan, Vietnam, Samoa, and Syria. Included in the group of speakers was Omar, one of our current scholarship and internship recipients, who shared his moving story of fleeing from war-torn Syria, after losing everything and experiencing trauma.
Following the storytelling, a buffet style lunch was served in the Bangarra Group boardroom, catered by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre catering social enterprise.