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Join us to celebrate Aboriginal Children’s Day

Thursday 28th July, 2022

Maryborough District Health Service (MDHS) is inviting local families to mark National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day at a free community event on Thursday 4 August at the Goldfields Community Hub.

“This is a great chance to come together as a community to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their culture,” said Kymberley Williams, Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer, Maryborough District Health Service.

“We know family and community connections are really important in helping to shape a strong sense of identity and wellbeing in kids,” said Ms Williams.

“That’s why we are inviting families and the local mob to join us for a fun day of craft and cultural activities.

“We want to celebrate strength and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and their stories which are handed down from generation to generation through stories, art, ceremony and songs.”

The event will start with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony at 10.00am. It will run until 2.00pm and include a free BBQ. Activities include play dough and clay, gum leaf decorating, emu callers, stone painting, decorating pots, planting, healthy lunch boxes, nature bracelets and train rides.

“Come along to have some fun, learn something and show your support. While you can just turn up on the day we’re encouraging everyone to let us know if you can make it for catering purposes,” said Kymberley.

Don’t forget your mask to help stay COVIDSafe.

What:     Children’s Day Celebration
When:     10.00am – 2.00pm, Thursday 4 August
Where:   Goldfields Community Hub, 48 Burns Street, Maryborough

To find out more information or to RSVP contact Kymberley Williams, Aboriginal Hospital Liaison Officer on (03) 5461 0333 or Kymberley.Williams@mdhs.vic.gov.au.

About National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day
The theme for Children’s Day this year is My Dreaming My Future, and asks children what Dreaming means to them as part of their identity and aspirations for the future.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are born into the stories of their family, culture, and Country. Their story comes from their family’s history and ancestral connections, the Dreaming. The Dreaming is part of their history, while their futures are their own to shape.

For more information visit aboriginalchildrensday.com.au.