The 5Bs Humanitarian Incorporated successfully celebrated the Australia Day 2021 at the Happy Receptions, 199 Sunshine Road, Tottenham VIC 3012 on January 26, 2021 through the leadership of 5Bs Humanitarian Incorporated President Elizabeth Ficnerski.
This is the first-ever event conducted by the group in partnership with the National Australia Day Council. The Multicultural Commission Chairperson Vivienne Nguyen, The Deputy Consul of the Philippine Consulate in Melbourne Anthony Achilles Mandap, and the Consul General of the Philippine Consulate in Melbourne Maria Lourdes Salcedo served as the guest speakers.
The aim of the activity was to reflect on the nation’s past and the impact of European settlement on the First Nations Australians. Respect the contributions of all Australians and pay tribute to the heroic frontline workers, who keep standing up to the challenges of these extraordinary times. It was also to celebrate the cultural diversity and rich migrant heritage, which is very much part of the unique Australian identity.
“We hope to be an integral part of the community, not just the Filipino community but also to the multicultural community of Australia and to Australians of all Backgrounds.” Elizabeth Ficnerski said during her welcome address. “We want to collaborate with as many people and organizations who share the same goals for the greater goods.” she added.
The highlight of the celebration is the traditional gesture of showing respect and gratitude by doing a “courtesy bow” from our International student to the communities. This emphasise that at the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted up and who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.