Parliament honours Hume’s youth of faith

 Youth ambassadors meet Hume's local MPs
Special visit: Youth ambassadors from the Hume Interfaith Network meet local MPs at Victoria's parliament.

Several young people from Hume have been honoured at Victoria’s parliament for their efforts to nurture social cohesion across the municipality.

The Hume Interfaith Network’s youth ambassadors visited the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday 12 April 2016, and met with the Member for Broadmeadows, Frank McGuire, Member for Yuroke, Ros Spence, and Member for Sunbury, Josh Bull.

The young people presented to the MPs a report they had prepared titled One Community, Many Faiths – Understanding Social Cohesion in Hume.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said the youth ambassadors had helped to bring young residents together.

“Last year, the ambassadors visited a number of temples and mosques across Hume, to learn more about the faiths which are followed by local residents,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“They met many young people, and came up with a series of recommendations that are designed to bring together youth of different faiths.

“Their report calls for more activities in Hume that can allow young people to deepen friendships.

“It also suggests that an interfaith youth group be established to help young people across Hume to support each other.”

The youth ambassadors who visited state parliament were Elgaili Mangati, Mohamed Yussuf, and Phillip Di.

Their work was highlighted in the Legislative Assembly through statements by the local MPs.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said she was proud of the group.

“They demonstrated to Victoria’s parliament that Hume is home to so many wonderful young people,” she said.

“Each youth ambassador is passionate, and keen to help nurture bonds between young people.

“The individuals prove that Hume has a fabulous future, because it is a place where caring people of different faiths can live and work in harmony.”

The Hume Interfaith Network meets regularly and includes leaders of various religious and cultural organisations from across the municipality.

The network discusses ways to strengthen friendships between members of separate faiths, and allows religious leaders to share their experiences.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said it was vital for Hume City Council to support the network.

“Hume is one of the most diverse communities in Australia,” she said.

“Almost 80 per cent of residents in Hume follow a religion, and large numbers of local people adhere to faiths like Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism.

“This is a wonderful part of the world, where the beliefs of residents extend to 25 different faiths.”

The chair of the Hume Interfaith Network is The Venerable Judi Pollard, Vicar and Archdeacon of La Trobe, from The Anglican Parish of Westmeadows/Bulla.

For further information about the Hume Interfaith Network, visit here or call 03 9205 2200.

Posted on 12:00 AM, 21 April 2016

Updated : 2:32 PM, 21 April 2016

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