Brisbane Lions kick off Queensland Multicultural Month

Published Friday, 20 July, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Minister for Local Government, Minister for Racing and Minister for Multicultural Affairs
The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

The Brisbane Lions and AFL Queensland joined Multicultural Affairs Minister Stirling Hinchliffe today to mark the launch of Queensland Multicultural Month, held in August.

It comes ahead of a Lions-led citizenship ceremony to welcome about 50 new Australians before the game against the Adelaide Crows tomorrow night (Saturday).

“I congratulate the Brisbane Lions on this terrific initiative to welcome new fans. It is going to be a great game with the Lions on a winning streak, but it will also carry an important message of community cohesion,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

Brisbane Lions CEO Greg Swann said, “We are All for One at the Brisbane Lions and feel the citizenship ceremony reflects our community message of inclusiveness.

“The Lions are proud to partner with MDA, AFL Queensland, ADCQ and the Queensland Government to bring this celebration of cultures to life.”

Dayne Zorko, Brisbane Lions Captain agreed.

“Sport unifies people across many different cultures. We hope the new citizens feel welcomed into our country and the Brisbane Lions Club this weekend.”

Queensland Multicultural Month has over 100 events throughout August, including celebrating community champions of diversity at the Queensland Multicultural Awards.

AFL Queensland is once again a finalist for its Year 4 education program ‘Everyone Matters’ which uses footy for learning and promoting inclusive behaviours.

AFL Queensland CEO Dean Warren said in recognition of Multicultural Month and as a further demonstration of its commitment to diversity, AFL Queensland will be launching a Multicultural Action Plan.

“AFL Queensland is proud to be a Multicultural Queensland Ambassador and we are proud of the role we play in Queensland society as a role model for inclusion,” Mr Warren said.

“We work hard to ensure that our game is reflective of the community and is a game for everyone, so that we can all share in its wonderful heritage and possibilities.”

During the month, Brisbane bridges and buildings will light up with many colours, a Multicultural Plaza music stage will entertain at the Ekka and performers will travel to regional Queensland to host free workshops and shows.

Queensland is home to people from more than 220 different countries and territories, who speak more than 180 languages at home and identify with over 110 different faiths.

The month is supported by principal sponsors, the Commonwealth Bank and Access Community Services and major sponsors, SBS, Queensland Rail, General Outdoor Advertising and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

The winners of the 2018 Queensland Multicultural Awards will be announced at the Queensland Multicultural Awards Gala lunch at the Hilton Hotel on 19 August.

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