COMMUNITY CONNECTS: Aja O'Leary, Gwenda Brown, Eva Wolski, and John Prior at the CinE event.
COMMUNITY CONNECTS: Aja O'Leary, Gwenda Brown, Eva Wolski, and John Prior at the CinE event. Brooke Duncan

The world in 24 meals

THE Chinchilla Conversations in English (CinE) group are celebrating after hosting an afternoon to remember at the Chinchilla Library.

The multicultural celebration, held last Wednesday, was an opportunity to enjoy the region's diversity by meeting residents from other countries and sampling cuisine from all over the world.

CinE's Zita Stark said it was a fantastic event that met all her hopes.

"The event aimed to say thank you and I did see all those people we wanted to say thanks and who came along, they were just very happy to be with us and they had a good time,” Ms Stark said.

"I was very happy because we made more connections over the event again, and that's what I always seek, to link the non-Australians or non-English background people with Australians, like for example I had our Iranian lady coming to me with a big smile and she said 'I'm now a member of the garden club of Chinchilla!'

"This lady made friends with Australians on the very day of the event, and she also was just very pleased because she said to me that was the first big community event for her and she found confidence, self-confidence, so it's so good that it all happened at the event and that's just one example of some I heard from that day.

"I was blown away by the fact that we could do what we always do and it was just a very big success.”

In all the CinE group had about 70 guests, including representatives from council and various community groups.

Meanwhile, the group itself includes members from countries including the Philippines, Iran, Pakistan, Hungary, and made dishes from Venezuela, Italy, and South Africa.

"All in all in the foods we had 24 meals from 12 nations,” Ms Stark said.

The region's CinE groups have also put up a display at the library to celebrate the Western Down's diversity.

"There is a world map showing with pins where we all come from, so that all has been basically represented because we all wanted to say thank you,” Ms Stark said.

Overall Ms Stark said part of the joy of the event was to see people interacting and appreciating cultures.

"What I very much liked, in particular, some other Australians came to me also at the end when they said goodbye and they said 'we would like to have more from this, we would like to see you more, all of you' and just the way she said, it was so warm on my heart.” she said.

"It was just gorgeous to see, I was very very happy.

"I just would like to thank of course the members, that they have done their contribution, we couldn't do it without each other, so that's a big thank you and also the locals who took the time and they just wanted to be with us, they chose to be with us.”


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