The Collingwood Football Club hosted a special Citizenship Ceremony at the MCG on Wednesday 22 June 2022.
Collingwood ruck Mason Cox was joined by over one hundred conferees who made the Pledge of Commitment and received their Australian Citizenship.
The ceremony is a part of the club’s commitment to promoting diversity and supporting multi-cultural programs.
The event aligns with National Refugee Week (June 19 – 25). The week aims to create a better understanding between different communities and to encourage successful integration enabling refugees to live in safety and to continue to make a valuable contribution to Australia.
The ceremony celebrates Refugee Week with over one hundred new citizens from over forty countries attending, including conferees from the Refugee and Humanitarian stream who resettled in Australia after leaving their home countries of Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia and Syria.
The day was a memorable one for all involved, and for some a long awaited occasion.
Collingwood CEO Mark Anderson welcomed the 110 conferees and acknowledged the importance of this celebration.
“The citizenship ceremony is a day of celebration and we congratulate all the individuals who have pledged their commitment to our country,” Anderson said.
“The citizenship ceremony embodies the club’s commitment to promoting diversity and supporting multi-cultural programs.
“We are thrilled that Mason was presented with Australian citizenship at this event. He has become an important individual to our football program and has made a wonderful contribution to our club.
“Over the past eight years we have all shared in his incredible journey, which is reflective of all the personal stories of the individuals who are receiving their citizenship today.”