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Diversity is in our DNA, and it makes us so much stronger

World Vision
7 August 2015 by Tim Costello
Diversity is in our DNA, and it makes us so much stronger

World Vision Australia CEO Tim Costello is passionate about embracing diversity.

Many of us have been taking part in the ongoing and robust public debate on sport, racism and what kind of nation we really want to be.

As an organisation which is striving to support our nation’s efforts to reconcile with our Indigenous peoples, World Vision is passionate about tackling these issues both in our work through our Australia Program and through the development of our second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

However the actions of the mob that led to this debate have also been a pretty sober reminder to many of us that while our country has long been renowned for its commitment to multiculturalism, as a nation we still need to make a conscious decision to embrace diversity.


With this in mind, we are proud to be joining the #EmbraceDiversity campaign as the essence of this message is deep within our DNA at World Vision.

We work across different continents, cultures, faiths, genders, ages and yet the one constant across all of these is that we are all born equal all entitled to be treated with dignity. Likewise the vast array of World Vision supporters are highly diverse but are united in their generosity and desire to help the world’s poorest people through the programs we offer in over 90 countries.

As we approach our 50th anniversary next year, World Vision Australia is part of a global network of nearly 45,000 staff from every country in the world. Our diversity makes us stronger. Our success is closely connected to our partnerships and our partners are highly diverse, but together we all share a mission to work with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.

As the #embracediversity campaign is shown at AFL games around the country, we hope that it can build on the momentum that was generated in support of Adam Goodes and indeed all Indigenous Australians. Let’s celebrate not only the impact of indigenous and multicultural players on our great game, but also recognise the impact of our diversity in enriching our nation. Together we are so much stronger.

As part of the #embracediversity campaign a video has been released celebrating our diversity and multiculturalism and will be shown at games around the country as part of the AFL’s Multicultural Round this weekend. View it here.

Tim Costello Tim Costello

Tim Costello is the CEO of World Vision Australia, husband to Merridie, proud father of 3, and a long-time social justice campaigner.


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