Amin Amini is the owner of New England Persian Carpets (pictured back row, LH side). He dedicates a lot of his spare time to The Harmony Group, which has as its ultimate principle, ‘Oneness of Humanity’.
How long have you lived in Armidale?
I came to Armidale in 1982, and I think choosing Armidale has been one of the best decisions made in my life.
Tell us about your business …
I have been involved in many large and small businesses. The one that I have at present is New England Persian Carpets and Handicrafts. It is in the Armidale Centre Mall.
Despite the fact that many friends and university colleagues told me that Armidale is not the right place for this business, this shop was established because I believed this is the right business for Armidale. The reasons behind this decision were: it was not going to take away business from others in our local community; it was a prestigious service from Armidale to surrounding areas; and it was not preventing me from my social and academic activities.
Where were you born?
I was born in a village (Yazdel) close to Kashan (one of the best known cities for its carpets) –240 km south of Tehran.
What is the history of World Harmony Day?
Harmony Day (21 March) is the United Nations International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It has been celebrated as the Harmony Day in Australia. It is nationally promoted and supported by the Department of Immigration and the Council for Multicultural Australia. The Council for Multicultural Australia was established in July 2000. The fundamental objective of this Council is to facilitate Australian multiculturalism.
Do you have a committee?
Yes, Harmony Group was formed in 2001 in Armidale. I believe it is the only registered Harmony Group in NSW. We have a Management Committee and a few Subcommittees, such as International Students Subcommittee, Conference Subcommittee and for more focused activities. For example, the International Students Subcommittee of the Harmony Group is facilitating International Students active community involvement, close cooperation with local organisation and looking after the International Students affairs in Armidale and the UNE.
How did you become involved in Harmony Day?
I am one of the founding members of this group. I was very fortunate to have the support and dedication of many community members, who continuously have been contributing to this organisation. I feel privileged to have been a part of these activities that have provided us with a unique opportunity to participate in the evolution and formation of our future ‘global civilization’ – one referred to by all traditional cultures and philosophers.
What’s happening for Harmony Day on a local basis?
Apart from the Harmony Day celebration, Harmony Group has been involved in many activities in Armidale and the University of New England. The following activities are planed for 2011:
International Students Welcoming – 25 February; Harmony Day Celebration – 26 March; Multicultural Gathering – 23 April; Nelson Mandela International Day – 18 July; Multicultural Gathering (Concert) – 27 August; International Day of Peace – 21 September; Annual General Meeting – 26 November; International Human Solidarity Day – 17 December.
In addition to these major events, there will be regular multicultural school education in collaboration with the DET and participation in the activities of like minded organisations
The Harmony Group’s ultimate principle is: ‘Oneness of Humanity’.
How do you raise funds?
Our major sponsors are the New England Mutual, Armidale Dumaresq Council, University of New England and Community Relations Commission. We also are supported by the local businesses and organisations such as Bakers Delight, Donut King, McDonald’s, Dymocks, 2AD, Woolworths, Coles, Armidale Express, Armidale Colour Copy Centre and DET and Pathways OOHC Armidale. There are members’ and non members’ contributions as well.
How can our readers get involved?
Harmony group is an inclusive organisation with a holistic approach to and understanding of human society.
Since its inception in 2001, the Harmony Group has been involved in many activities, such as the Harmony Day celebrations, organising school education, multicultural radio programs, multicultural concerts, multi-religious and multicultural conferences, multicultural writing and drawing projects and supporting and cooperating with like minded organisations at the local, state and national levels.
Everyone is welcome to participate, join and be actively involved in the Harmony group’s activity of her / his choice.
Interested community members may contact Dr. Amin Amini on: 0412 746 748 and 6772 7777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you Amin.