As the nation celebrates NAIDOC Week, within our region I was proud to attend the launch of NAIDOC on Monday at Penrith City Council's Civic Reception.
NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.
On Friday June 23, our region hosted the NAIDOC Cup at Hunters Field in Emu Plains. An annual event, this year's NAIDOC Cup saw over 1,000 children from 25 different schools taking part in sporting events, like Oztag and Netball, as well Aboriginal dance, culture and art activites. Our Aboriginal Health Program Officer, Mitchell Beggs-Mowczan, assisted on the day, and we offer congratulations to the organisers, including Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services, Westfield (Penrith), Australian Unity, Community Junction, Information Cultural Exchange, Lions International, Glenmore Park High School and Cranebrook High School.
Tomorrow, Mitchell will lead a team of our staff who are participating in the NAIDOC Jamison Park event, along with many other local organisations. The event offers a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and support our local Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community. We encourage you to come and be part of this terrific event. Drop in and visit our team in the Health Tent!
images courtesy Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services