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This year for NAIDOC week, Macleay Valley CDAT set up a stall and ran a number of activities for the community. The CDAT members staffing the stall were joined by colleagues from Family and Community Services, as well as the local police van, and managed to keep the energy up until 3pm. There was great engagement with community members who were hands-on with all of the day’s activities.
Information and resources were shared amongst all the community members, including brochures on alcohol and other drugs (AOD), as well as specific AOD in pregnancy brochures that outline the risks. The sample bags for participants proved very popular and were snapped up quickly. They had lots of great give-aways, like the ‘Hugs Not Drugs’ t-shirts, wrist bands and pens – and there was almost nothing left at the end of the day.
Hungry participants were happy to go for the healthy option and ate three whole cases of apples, and everyone was kept well hydrated by the many bottles of water that were given away. The creativity was flowing with Indigenous face painting as well as rock painting on offer as activities.
With input from young people and the wider community, a living NAIDOC banner is underway. Each year more will be added to it and the date and theme of that year’s NAIDOC week will be recorded. The theme will also be reflected in that year’s design. This year, the theme was language and that was reflected in both the banner design and also in the symbols and meaning of the face painting and rock art.
Macleay Valley CDAT also distributed their second survey to the community since November, following on from the one completed at the Durri pre-Christmas Healing Festival. In total, 65 surveys were completed at the family fun day. The data is currently being collated and analysed, and will then be shared. We look forward to seeing the results.
A big thanks to Gavan Landini for the lovely photos and great work Macleay Valley CDAT on a successful NAIDOC week!