NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day at Dingo Beach a huge success
INDIGENOUS tradition came alive at the NAIDOC Week Family Fun Day hosted by the Proserpine Indigenous Reference Group (PIRG) at Dingo Beach last Saturday.
Families, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, came together in the sunshine to enjoy a day on the beach celebrating the culture, achievements and contribution of Indigenous people over the years.
This year, the theme "Because of her, we can” recognised the essential role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women play in our community.
One such woman is PIRG president Fiona Mazza who volunteers her time weekly to organise events and services for Indigenous people in the community.
Ms Mazza said the theme was one that resonated strongly with her when she recalled the work done by her female predecessors.
"For me alone, it just means that we're able to stand up and fight for Indigenous things in our community,” she said.
"We have our strong men as well but our women multi-task and pave the way, I'm hoping, for the young generations in our community, the young men and women, to continue what we've started.
"It's about the strong women who are politicians, nurses and mothers. Because of her, we all can.”
Overall, the day was a tremendous success as families played in the water and built sandcastles decorated with sea shells including an impressive, metre-long sand-turtle with white shells placed delicately along its back.
Others participated in a fishing competition or simply sat in the shade and observed the festivities.
The final piece to the puzzle was a traditional dance and didgeridoo performance by members of PIRG.
Ms Mazza said that the success of the Family Fun Day and the theme "Because of her, we can” was significant in terms of things to come.
"We're all here together doing what we need to make our indigenous community proud, respectful, keeping our traditions and coming together all as one.”