Our biggest NAIDOC celebration yet
Thursday 28 September
We welcomed well over 300 guests to Steel Park in Marrickville for our huge NAIDOC Family Fun Day on Tuesday, co-hosted with Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA).
The free, public event was a celebration of culture, community and family. The crowd included people of all ages and many cultures, who seized the opportunity to enjoy activities ranging from arts and crafts, to footy, face-painting and jumping castles.
It was also a chance to engage with Aboriginal culture, and the little ones were rapt during Uncle Ray Davison’s Welcome to Country. Uncle Ray made everyone feel at home on Gadigal land as he told us, “no matter who you are, if you’re born on country you belong to country”. The children also enjoyed traditional dances led by family businesses The Freeman Dancers and Clenton Inc later in the day, while Ronnie from Culture on the Move taught them how to weave necklaces.
Bunnings helped us sizzle up 600 sausages – which were all eaten! – while fairy floss and popcorn were popular with the kids. Some friendly local police officers and the local fire department dropped by, as did Rocky the Rooster, the Sydney Roosters’ much-loved mascot. MC Luke Carroll and special guest Anthony Minichiello also added some star power to the day.
The celebration couldn’t have happened without the support of our sponsors: the Sydney Roosters, Inner West Council, NSW Family and Community Services, Centrelink, Ability Links, NSW Department of Education – Aboriginal Affairs, Burwood Council, Petersham RSL Club, and Aboriginal Affairs NSW.
Thank you to everyone who got involved – we can’t wait to put on an even bigger event next year.