Interfaith dinner praised

COMMUNITY leaders gathered at Punchbowl for the annual Interfaith Dinner last week.

As always it was a diverse gathering, with religious leaders, community representatives and politicians coming together to “build community spirit, harmony and understanding”.
Guest speakers included Federal MP for Watson, Tony Burke, President of the Canterbury Bankstown Harmony group, Khodr Saleh and the The Grand Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed.
“It was a show of solidarity, a unity of hearts and of goodwill,” the Grand Mufti said.

He says it’s a symbol that our communities remain strong and united despite wave after wave of hatred and bigotry.
The theme for the dinner was “From Christchurch to Sri Lanka – Interfaith and cultural Dialogue against Violence and Hate”.
Mr Saleh says the dinner has been held for the last 13 years, with the Harmony group believing that sharing a meal together is important.
“It creates unity and respect within the community, and community gives you a sense of belonging and building bridges of understanding and harmony,” he said.

Supported by Riverwood Community Centre, Canterbury Bankstown Council and United Muslim Association, the dinner was held at Punchbowl Community Centre.