5 times 'Walk Together' restored our faith in Australia

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Samah Hadid

Hundreds of people turn up for the Brisbane Walk Together rally for refugees  from Kurilpa Point Park to the Supreme ...

Hundreds of people turn up for the Brisbane Walk Together rally for refugees from Kurilpa Point Park to the Supreme Court Plaza. Photo: Michelle Smith

Amid a wave of bigotry and xenophobia in Australia, Walk Together is a refreshing and inspiring movement of unity.

Now in its 4th year, Walk Together has become a flagship public demonstration calling for us to amplify  our compassion especially for refugees and asylum seekers, promote unity and celebrate our diversity as a nation. Founder of Welcome to Australia and Walk Together, Brad Chilcott, calls it a "day of unity to render the politics of fear and division useless".

On Saturday, Walk Together saw thousands of Australians take to the streets in 26 towns and cities across the country.

1. When participants were not going to let the rain ruin their march

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2. When Riverview Church sent a delicious message to anti halal meat scaremongers.

3. When Australia's future leaders arrived to #SayWelcome:

4. When it even unified all sides of politics

5. When we were reminded of refugees' success stories. 

6. Thousands of Australians from Toowoomba to Hobart, from all walks of life and backgrounds came together with a strong call for unity.

By saying welcome, we say goodbye to the politics of fear and hate. Speaks for itself really.