Toowoomba marches to celebrate multiculturalism
TOOWOOMBA residents celebrated our city's diversity by coming together as one on Saturday.
More than 100 people took part in the annual Walk Together event, designed as an expression of the welcoming, fair and compassionate society that Australians are committed to building.
Multicultural Diversity Association executive manager Mitra Khakeaz said the walk was important because it showed community acceptance.
"It is the national day of unity where we aim to bring people together," she said.
"It is a way of creating a more welcoming community.
"The walk symbolises the journey we all take together and shows people that we will all stand by each other no matter what our background is.
"It's important that everyone feels like they are part of something."
Toowoomba was one of 21 cities around Australia to hold the unity walk.
Residents walked proudly through the CBD holding signs with messages on them that reinforced the meaning behind the walk.
Ms Khakeaz said it was wonderful that Toowoomba residents were willing to share their home with others.
"Toowoomba has always been a very welcoming community," she said.
"It has great leaders, a great mayor and great community members."