Sea of Hands in Newcastle for Reconciliation Week

Filed under Event & Venue, News, Society & People ~ by Press on  27 May 2019

On Tuesday 28th May, Samaritans joined with community partners in the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral to install the Sea of Hands in recognition of Reconciliation Week.

Reconciliation Week is held annually from 27 May to 3 June and this year’s theme is ‘Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage’.

Reconciliation can only be achieved if there is trust. And trust requires the courage to have an honest, open conversation about our history.

My hope is that the Sea of Hands inspires our community to take an active part in this conversation,” said Samaritans CEO, Brad Webb.

These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.

Two years ago, we reached another milestone with the delivery of the Uluru Statement from the Heart providing Australia with a clear way forward to deliver reconciliation.

We are asking the newly elected Morrison Government to be courageous and take the next steps to bring the Uluru Statement to life,” Mr Webb said.   

The Sea of Hands first appeared 21 years ago as a powerful statement of solidarity with Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s temporary public installation of 800 hands aims to bring people together to express a strong symbol of Reconciliation.

We are inviting community members to join us to walk together with courage, with each hand a symbol of community support for reconciliation, rights and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners of this land,” Mr Webb said.

The community is invited to attend the event at Christ Church Cathedral on Tuesday, May 28 at midday for a 12:15pm start.

Samaritans supported other Sea of Hands events in Wallsend, Mudgee and Taree across Reconciliation Week with further details included on our website: www.samaritans.org.au.



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