Cultural event is aiming to break boundaries in Hartlepool

Desmond Dongo
Desmond Dongo

A CELEBRATION of diversity is to be held this weekend.

The Asylum Seekers and Refugees Group is holding the event at St Joseph’s Parish Centre, in Hutton Avenue, Hartlepool, from noon until 3.30pm, on Saturday, October 11.

And chairman of the group, Desmond Dongo, is inviting all members of the Hartlepool community to the celebration in the hope that boundaries can be broken down.

The 38-year-old, who moved to Hartlepool in 2009 from London, after moving to England from Zimbabwee 11 years ago, has also invited Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger.

Mr Coppinger will speak on issues of hate crime and domestic violence to give people from the group advice and information about what to do if they fall victim to such crime.

As well as the informative side of the event, there will also be a fun colourful part, which includes activities for children, such as face-painting, a children’s talent show and a cake competition.

A free multi-cultural lunch will also be on offer, with foods from five different countries.

Desmond, who is married with three children and works as a care assistant in Billingham, said: “We have a lot of members in this group who are from different countries who aren’t aware of the policies and rules of this country especially when it comes to reporting crime. We want them to be able to understand what hate crime is and what they should do if it ever happened to them.”

He added: “We also want to bring the community together with this event, so that people from all sections of the town get to know those that live within their community.

“It will hopefully break a lot of boundaries between communities and cultures and build good relationships.

“It will make people feel safer because they will meet people from different cultures who they previously didn’t know.” For details email