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The community celebrated diversity and commemorated Commonwealth Day at a multi-faith service at St John’s Cathedral on Monday 12 March 2018.

The event celebrated the variety of cultures that exist within the Commonwealth ahead of the upcoming Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) which start on 4 April.

The service was headlined by an original dance choreographed and performed by the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts and a classical performance by the Nadananjali School of Dance.

His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Governor of Queensland attended the service with the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Minister for the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones, local community, business and government leaders, multi-faith leaders, representatives of the Commonwealth Diplomatic and Consular Corps and students from across South East Queensland.

A highlight was a Commonwealth Day song by the Pullenvale State School Children’s Choir with music and lyrics composed by Music Australia CEO Rhonda Davidson-Irwin.

As a composer for children’s television shows for 20 years, Ms Davidson-Irwin said music was the key to connect and include people of all backgrounds and ages.

“We are part of this amazing group of 71 nations called the Commonwealth and I composed this song using early childhood education principles with words that would be meaningful for children,” she said.

“I hope GC2018 will showcase to the world Queensland’s beautiful landscapes and culture and give people an understanding of our identity and lifestyle.”

Chairman of the Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship William Willcocks said the Multi-Faith Service highlighted the friendship, diversity and breadth of Commonwealth nations.

“The Victoria League for Commonwealth Friendship promotes Commonwealth Day throughout the Commonwealth each year – all offices in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom coordinate events,” he said.

“With many school students attending, for some this might be the first time they have heard of the Commonwealth.

“It will be a spectacular introduction to the Commonwealth for the audience.”

The service included a Commonwealth Day message from Her Majesty the Queen, delivered by the Governor of Queensland, a welcome from the Very Rev Dr Peter Catt, Dean of St John’s Brisbane, and readings and performances by Queensland students and multicultural groups from across the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth Day service was delivered by the Queensland Government, Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC), Victoria League Brisbane for Commonwealth Friendship and St John's Cathedral.

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