For the second year in a row, multicultural community ambassadors from all over the Gold Coast were invited to celebrate the 2021 season at the Titans vs Warriors game earlier this month.
Starting with a pre-game function at The Sporting Globe, the guests were given Titans merchandise packs and a chance to meet with other ambassadors.
Community Development Manager at the Multicultural Families Organisation and member of the Titans Cultural Collective Kevin Dando said the function played a role in recognising the important work the ambassadors do for the community.
“This function hosted by the Titans recognises the important role that multiculturalism plays in community connection and wellbeing,” Mr Dando said.
“There were plenty of new friendships, networking opportunities and excitement of an NRL match atmosphere, with some experiencing rugby league for the first time which made the day even more special.
“We all had similar stories to share about the challenges of COVID but also overcoming those hardships, reconnecting in person with family and friends, witnessing the joy of mateship before the match, on the way to the stadium and in the very vocal stands,” he said.
Following on from the function, the ambassadors attended the Titans vs Warriors match where they witnessed the 44-0 victory for the Gold Coast.
Titans Cultural Collective Member, Annette Fale said the event was a way to connect people and build community.
“A well-known Maori proverb says ‘He aha te mea nui o te ao He tangata, he tangata, he tangata’ which means: ‘What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, the people, the people,’” she said.
“To me this sums up the meaning of why events like this are valuable, this is a small way in which we can say thank you and that everyone has a part to play and can contribute to help strengthen and build a wonderful, resilient, diverse community,” she said.