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Australia Day Highlights Bushfires

by Eddie Rayner

More than half of Australia’s 25 million people population celebrates Australia Day on 26 January by attending organised community events or family get-togethers.

“Proudly Australian” Starfish Lane Kids did the same by hosting a grand Australia Day event the previous Thursday, which saw a large number of Australians as well as parents of Starfish children come along to enjoy the celebration. A representative from the Australian Embassy, Ms Melissa Halldorf was also in attendance.

The nursery children performed a great rendition of “Waltzing Matilda” with Melissa also reading an Australian story, Celeste the Giraffe Loves to Laugh, to the children. This book was written by Celeste Barber, an Aussie celebrity who has raised over AUD51 million dollars for the Bushfire Relief appeal.

“Celebrating our nationality exposes these young children to a different culture, traditions, games and foods. We want them to grow and learn in a fun, playful setting. We are grateful to Melissa, from the Australian Embassy for taking time out in her busy schedule to celebrate this day with us”, says Kimberley Sheedy, owner and CEO of the nursery.

Australia Day is the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet of 11 ships from Great Britain, and the raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, 232 years ago in 1788.

Today, Australia Day celebrations reflect contemporary Australia: a diverse society and landscape, their remarkable achievements and a bright future. It also hosts citizenship ceremonies welcoming new immigrants into the Australian community and it is recognised as an opportunity for Australians to reflect on their nation’s eventful and progressive history.