LAST Wednesday the Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council (BRMC) celebrated the tenth anniversary of its flagship program, the Multicultural Tucker (MCT) as it is affectionately known. Multicultural Tucker has proved to be a great success among its participants, winning the Service Delivery to Multicultural Victoria award in 2012.
For this special celebration meal the BRMC Executive Committee donned aprons and prepared a multicultural feast.
“This is a special celebration,” said Kate Allen, the Home and Community Care (HACC) program Team Leader, who is responsible for the event.
The people who attended the celebration were dressed in their national costumes while Joe the accordion player serenaded the participants while they dined on three courses of various Multicultural dishes. BRMC Chairperson, Sundram Sivamalai, reiterated the importance of Multicultural Tucker to the Ballarat community,“The monthly Multicultural Tucker lunch was created after consultations with older members of the multicultural communities to
bring people together to a venue where service providers would be able to talk to the diners and let them know of the services they provided and the ways to access them. The idea of using food as a way to draw people together proved irresistible and ‘Multicultural Tucker’ was born. “Our members across 25 different cultural groups love ‘Tucker’. Events like this with delicious food, diverse language and good company promote a better understanding among cultural groups. Multicultural Tucker draws on help from all of our members but caters for our aged members. Meeting in this way builds up social connection and helps to promote and maintain harmony and mutual appreciation across cultures,” said Dr Sivamalai. Since 2005, the Multicultural Tucker has been a monthly coming together of over 100 aged clients drawn from Ballarat’s multicultural communities. Volunteers make the Multicultural Tucker run smoothly, helping with set up, preparing, cooking and serving food.
“Each month diverse cultural groups volunteer their time to share their cuisine. The Tucker would not function without our dedicated volunteers,” said Dr Sivamalai.