Bulldogs speaking the languages of the west
Tuesday, July 09 2013 @ 06:03 pm ACST
Contributed by: Troy Thompson
In an AFL first, the Western Bulldogs will live tweet in Vietnamese during this weekend’s afternoon clash against Essendon on Sunday - to mark AFL Multicultural Round.
The Club will also celebrate the languages of Melbourne’s diverse West in the lead up to the round – publishing footy articles on westernbulldogs.com.au in Vietnamese, Mandarin and Amharic (Ethiopian).
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The Western Bulldogs today launched the @WBFCcommunity Twitter account which will be the hub of the Bulldogs’ multicultural match day activities for Round 16 and the Twitter channel of the Club’s community programs going forward.
Western Bulldogs Chief Executive, Simon Garlick said the ethnic diversity of Melbourne’s West was a central part of the Bulldogs rich history and culture.
“There are 95 different nationalities represented in the Bulldogs’ backyard - from Vietnamese to Indian, Ethiopian to African,” Garlick said today.
“As the Community Club of the AFL we are very proud to work in partnership with our community and government to celebrate and support people and families from different backgrounds and cultures.
“Through our community arm, Spirit West Services, we have engaged with over 40,000 people from multicultural backgrounds since 2005 through our multicultural community programs and initiatives.”
“We are thrilled to be hosting the centrepiece match for AFL Multicultural Round which celebrates the contribution of the nation’s multicultural heritage to our community and our great game.”
To follow the live tweeting of the match in Vietnamese this weekend follow @WBFCcommunity on Twitter.
Go to westernbulldogs.com.au throughout the week to view further multicultural articles.
The Bulldog’s Backyard
- More Vietnamese people than Cabramatta (NSW)
- 58.2 per cent of people with both parents born overseas
- 97,000 people born overseas
- 113,000 or 62 per cent speak a language other than English (LOTE)
• Hobsons Bay
- 59.3 per cent of people with both parents born overseas
- Growing Multicultural community – in 2006 25.2 per cent were born overseas; in 2011, 38.9 per cent