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National Sorry Day Community Event

Bowen, Qld

On Friday, 26th May, Feros Care held a National Sorry Day Community Event in Bowen in Partnership with the Whitsunday Regional Council, supported by Juru Traditional Owners, Girudala Cooperative Society and in cooperation with community partners.

National Sorry Day Bowen Event photo

As part of the National Sorry Day, Feros Care in cooperation with community partners promoted a community event to help on building awareness by bringing members and networks closer together, increasing knowledge and understanding of culturally appropriate services available to support the social and emotional wellbeing of First Nations people.

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In this special day, the community were able to:

  • Increase awareness around the First Nations people needs.
  • Identify appropriate services available within the Community.
  • Get to know your support group better and exchange ideas.
  • Participate of the Connection Tree Opening Ceremony.
  • Get better connected with your community.

Activities at the community event

  • Opening Tree Ceremony
  • Guest speakers
  • Kids amusements
  • Live entertainment
  • Traditional dancing
  • Story telling from Traditional Owners and Elders
  • Free sausage sizzle

National Sorry Day community event saw many of those organisations attend, such as Girudala, Herbert Street Family Medical Centre, selectability, Headspace, Proserpine Youth Space, Queensland Health, and Queensland Health Deadly Choices team to name a few.

It was amazing to see the community come together to acknowledge and acknowledge the strength and resilience of the Stolen Generations survivors, especially schools taking part, as they are our future hopes, aspirations, and future leaders.

A special mention to Bowen Woolworths for their kind donation of items for the sausage sizzle to the community, Bowen Seagulls Junior Rugby League Club, Monika Piggott and Eddie Telford for their time in holding activities throughout the day for the community members. Zion Prior and Juru Traditional Dancers and Paul Samuels for the entertainment.

This event is part of a bigger Project. We’ve been conducting workshops with local organisations over the last few months to support them to increase their knowledge and understanding of culturally appropriate ways they can support the social and emotional wellbeing of First Nations people. We are aiming to keep supporting businesses or organisations to be a culturally safe place for local First Nations people. On the day, services, and providers were given Silver Wattle seedling trees donated by Juru, encouraging them to plant a Tree in front of their organisations as a representation of that.

Jean Andersen

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