Footballers kick goals in Harmony Cup to build cultural bridges

READY FOR ACTION: Christian Dietiker, Balaji Chakaravarthy and Julio Cesarr are looking forward to Friday's clash. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0315jkgame5

READY FOR ACTION: Christian Dietiker, Balaji Chakaravarthy and Julio Cesarr are looking forward to Friday's clash. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0315jkgame5

This Friday the world game of football will help bring together Orange’s Indigenous and international communities to celebrate unity and harmony.

The Harmony Cup is up for grabs when two games of football between local Indigenous and multicultural teams are played at Waratah Sports Club as part of national Harmony Day activities.

The under 16s game kicks off at 5.15pm followed by the open game at 6.45pm.

Entertainment will include multicultural performances of singing, dancing, music plus Irish and Latin drumming.

Orange City Council Services Committee chair Ron Gander said the football games were a great way to bring people together to have fun, relax and get to know each other.

“Soccer is such a universal game and this Friday’s competition is a way to help build bridges between Orange’s many cultures and communities,” he said.

“The Harmony Cup is in its third year and was won by the Sudanese United team in 2015 and the Indigenous team in 2016.

“So in a way, this game will be the decider.”

Cr Gander said the food and entertainment were free for people to enjoy.

“There will be themed food with a range of tastings on offer from several cultures.”

He said the Harmony Cup event was put on by several community groups to celebrate diversity in culture.

They include Orange CultureHub, Orange Social Justice Group, NSW Regional Islamic Centre members and the Orange Multicultural Network.

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