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This week, the heavy rain didn’t stop Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) from celebrating its cultural diversity at a Harmony Day event in the community garden.
It was an important day for the hospital which has staff, volunteers and patients hailing from all over the world.
PAH Radiographer and Community Garden Coordinator Renae McBrien said the event strengthened the hospital’s sense of community while promoting its cultural diversity.
“Our staff and volunteers come from all over the world, but we all share a common goal—to improve the health of people in our community,” she said.
“As a team it was important to celebrate our diversity, but it was equally important to show our patients who also come from culturally diverse backgrounds that we respect and acknowledge their cultures.
“By the end of the day, the Harmony Pledge Tree was full of leaves where staff and patients shared their name, heritage and messages of what being Australian meant to them.”
Ms McBrien said the day was filled with laughter, dancing and singing, and that even a surprise storm couldn’t stop the celebrations.
“Nothing could dampen our moods, everyone was just so excited to share in the moment together,” she said.
The PAH Community Garden was funded by staff including Ms McBrien, who championed the project and spent hours weeding the space during her free time.
The organic garden was designed to be interactive, so patients and staff could connect with nature.
All patients, visitors and staff are invited to enjoy the garden, located near the Radiology Reception, Level 1, Building 1. Plants that are ready to be picked are signed.