NAIDOC celebrations are held across Australia each July occurring this year from July 7th to 14th, to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NAIDOC is celebrated not only by Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

RDHS held their annual BBQ Luncheon 11th July, attended by  RDHS  staff and representatives from the ATSI  community in Robinvale and MVAC.  This event was well attended despite the very chilly weather . The menu of pumpkin soup with damper, BBQ Kangaroo, fried rice with a chicken curry and followed by sweets and a cuppa, was certainly the best way to warm up. A shared meal around the campfire was a great way to connect with our community.

On behalf of RDHS we would sincerely like to thank Auntie Elvira Whitton for her Welcome to Country and  damper, also Mr John Togo for his lovely damper. Daryl Singh for opening our NAIDOC event by playing the Didgeridoo, a beautiful sound resonating through the gum trees as we sat around the camp fire truly gave meaning to the gathering. Also we would like acknowledge the food services and maintenance staff of RDHS for preparations leading up to and on the day, ably led by Bryce Ricker.

Celebrations at RDHS Manangatang Campus this week with Staff, Residents and Community members participating in making damper, cooking Kangaroo and weaving bracelets.

Thank you everyone!

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