Last week, our Head Office staff acknowledged Harmony Week, Close the Gap Day and World Down Syndrome Day with a morning tea and online quiz about these important events.
Harmony Week (March 17 – 23) celebrates Australia’s multiculturalism and encourages everyone to experience, explore and appreciate Australia’s wealth of cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic diversity.
The Close the Gap Day campaign, on the other hand, seeks to improve health outcomes for Australia’s First Peoples by encouraging people to organise an event or activity, share stories and photos on social media and/or engage their local member of parliament to raise awareness and advocate for the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
Lastly, World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day designed to improve the public’s understanding of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities. This year’s theme was ‘Leave no one behind’ and emphasised that “all peoples with Down syndrome must have opportunities to live fulfilling lives, included on a full and equal basis with others, in all aspects of society.”
Lifestart is committed to inclusion and diversity in its recruitment of staff and in the provision of services to children, young people and their families/carers. Find out more about our values here.