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New video a love song to Bendigo

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A music video, written, produced and performed by the City of Greater Bendigo’s Intercultural Ambassadors is simply a love song to the Bendigo community to show they care.

The song titled, “You and I” was written by Dr Marthin Nanere and performed by the Greater Bendigo’s Intercultural Ambassadors to help spread optimism and joy throughout the community in what has been a very challenging year for everyone.

City of Greater Bendigo Manager Community Partnerships Steven Abbott said while the COVID19 restrictions meant the group were unable sing live together, they have done a brilliant job in producing and sharing their message.

“The group have worked on and off around the COVID-19 restrictions to record the song and make the video happen, with most of the filming completed when restrictions had eased,” Mr Abbott said.

Intercultural Ambassador member Marthin Nanere said the video is a heart-warming and genuine video that the group are delighted to see come together so they can now share with the community.

“It’s been a really good project for the group and we hope it will put a smile on the face of everyone who views it,” Mr Nanere said.

The video is available to view on the City of Greater Bendigo’s Facebook page, on Youtube at  https://youtu.be/b0aha-kE8ns  and on the City website at https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/Services/Community-and-Care/Intercultural-Ambassador-Program

The City of Greater Bendigo Intercultural Ambassadors initiative aims to increase connections, broaden understanding and support the participation of diverse cultural groups in community life.

The initiative is part of the City’s ongoing commitment to be a liveable and welcoming community.  It is also a key action of the City’s Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Plan 2016-2019.

The Intercultural Ambassador volunteers represent a diverse range of multicultural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds in the Greater Bendigo community.

They participate in community events and projects, City advisory and reference groups and attend civic functions.  They also act as champions for their existing communities and gain valuable leadership and development opportunities.

The City’s Intercultural Ambassadors are Ma Aye Paw, Justin See, Janet Bromley, Edith Muñoz, Dr Marthin Nanere, Bruno Spandonide, Benjamin Ato Sam, Preeti Gulati and TAN See Tuang.

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