In January 2016 Anita Templin and I accompanied the MultiPride students to Point Leo for our annual event. We talked a great deal that day about how much that had been achieved with the MultiPride program and how this day was a symbol of the diversity and cultural bridging that we had worked so hard to promote in the school.
This year I was accompanied by Annette Evans. The 2017 MultiPride students went back for a basic beach and water safety day, and a chance to gain an appreciation of the culture and rewards of being a member of a Victorian Surf Life Saving Club. We were all rewarded by the social interaction and we developed an understanding of each other’s history, heritage and culture.
As I walked along the beach taking my photos I thought about Anita and how hard she has always worked to bring about positive outcomes for all the students she came across.
It was Anita Templin that had drawn me into the MultiPride concept. We were supported by the great work of Phil Start and Ken Robinson. Habib Mohammadi was also on hand to offer his guidance and leadership.
Going down to the beach with this group is always a great joy. The excitement when we arrive at the clubrooms and then down to the beach is electric. It amazes me the energy these kids have and how they go about helping each other in the water. My camera captured a little of the understanding, compassion the laughter and the smiles.
That’s what MultiPride is. Thankyou Anita.