The Midland Information, Debt, & Legal Advocacy Service Inc (MIDLAS) are excited to be a part of this Thursday’s, the 21st of March, celebrations. What celebrations? What is happening you ask? This Thursday marks The National Close the Gap Day, Harmony Day, and The United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. MIDLAS stands by our Indigenous, and culturally diverse communities, particularly those in the North East of Perth, and are excited to be a part of these awareness raising festivities.

Since the launch in 2006, the National Close the Gap day is Australia’s largest campaign to improve Indigenous health. With Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people still experiencing shorter life expectancies, an average of 10-17 years less than non-Indigenous Australians, suffering higher rates of nutritional and dietary related chronic diseases, including diabetes, and with the Indigenous infant death rate being three times the rate of the non-indigenous population, MIDLAS joins in the campaign to see this reversed throughout Australia. For a healthy and strong Australia, we need to close the Gap. With Close the Gap events happening all over the state, we hope to see you there! Please click here to view the Oxfam list of events near you. As well, for more information regarding this campaign, please visit the Oxfam website.

It is also Harmony Day in Australia, a celebration of Australia’s multicultural heritage. Harmony Day has been celebrated in Australia since 1999, and is dedicated to recognising the diverse cultures in Australia and ensuring mutual respect for everyone who calls Australia home. The 2013 theme of Harmony Day is ‘Many Stories – One Australia’, this recognises our diverse Australia and how everyone’s story is different. MIDLAS acknowledges this and would love to hear your story, please see how our contact details below. You can celebrate Harmony Day by having a shared lunch, by talking about your experiences with your neighbour, or by joining in other festivities at your local church or community centre. With over 45% of Australian’s being born oversees, or has a parent who was, and the over 7 million people who have migrated to Australia since 1945, we should celebrate our diverse nation with pride. For more information about Harmony Day, please click here.

Lastly, The United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is also being celebrated on the 21st of March. The 2013 theme is “Racism and Sport”, and is about highlighting the problems of racism in sports as well as using sports as a way of combating racism and racial discrimination. For more information about The United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, please click here.

MIDLAS aims to empower disadvantaged and vulnerable people, which includes Indigenous and cultural diverse individuals, within our community who are experiencing distress by providing them with free services and confidential information, options, referral and support so they can navigate barriers to achieve a better way of life. To make an appointment or find out more information visit our website: or give us a call on 08 9250 2123.