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Jun 30 2021

NAIDOC Cup Celebrates 10 Years

On Friday 18 June, after being delayed due to COVID-19 last year, our region was finally able to host the 10th annual NAIDOC Cup at Hunters Field in Emu Plains.

This wonderful annual event is a free, combined school event for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary school students and is held to give younger children an opportunity to celebrate and learn more about their culture.

While NAIDOC Cup continues to grow, this year we were restricted in numbers due to COVID-19. However, this didn’t dampen the excitement and vibrant spirit of the 800 Aboriginal children from 14 different schools who participated and took part in the sporting and cultural activities on offer.

The students were greeted with a special Welcome to Country and traditional smoking ceremony performed by local Aboriginal elders, and then competed in sporting events such as Oztag and Netball. The younger children had the opportunity to participate in Aboriginal cultural events like storytelling, song, dance and art activities.

Thank you to all the volunteers who donated their time and assisted on the day with umpiring, food distribution and facilitation of the group events. It was lovely to see the bright yellow NAIDOC Cup volunteer shirts dotted around the field, the day would not be possible without you. Our own Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Mitchell Beggs-Mowczan, again assisted in keeping the competition scores and led the efforts of eight volunteers from our PHN.

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. 

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Images courtesy Nepean Community & Neighbourhood Services

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Lizz Reay is the CEO of Wentworth Healthcare, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network. Previously Deputy CEO of Nepean Blue Mountains Medicare Local & Nepean Division of General Practice, she has an extensive background in public health.

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