Last Friday we were proud to once again be involved in Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services 8th Annual NAIDOC Cup held at Hunter Fields, in Emu Plains. Over 1200 primary school students from 25 schools throughout the Nepean area attended the event, along with parents, friends and members of the community.
NAIDOC Cup is a free combined school event for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander primary school students and their friends. The event grows from strength-to-strength each year and is a celebration of Aboriginal* culture and a great opportunity to show off the natural athletic skills of our local Aboriginal children, with 70% of those participating being Aboriginal.
The students were greeted with a Welcome to Country and traditional smoking ceremony performed by local Aboriginal elders, and then had the opportunity to participate in sporting events such as Oztag and Netball, as well Aboriginal cultural events like storytelling, song, dance and art activities.
NAIDOC Cup is one of the biggest NAIDOC celebrations in Western Sydney and is a credit to all those involved. This event would not be possible without the kind generosity of volunteers and partnering organisations. Our own Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Mitchell Beggs-Mowczan, led the efforts of 10 volunteers from our PHN who assisted on the day with activities such as umpiring netball, facilitating group activities and helping in the arts and crafts tent.
We offer our thanks and congratulations to all the organisations involved, including Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services, Australian Unity - Wangary Aboriginal Home Care Service, Westfield (Penrith) and Uniting among others, for their amazing contribution and support of this special event.
*In this Blog, where the term ‘Aboriginal’ is used, it refers to all Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people.