Bunnings Warehouse Gawler team members are set to celebrate National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee Week (NAIDOC) this weekend.
On Saturday, July 14 from 10am to noon, the community can show their support of the annual event which celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievement.
The team has invited Aboriginal musician Scott Rathman and his son, Scott Rathman Junior, to perform and educate children about Aboriginal art.
After the performance, children can participate in a DIY workshop to create their own dot paintings with boomerang cut-outs based on their learnings.
Activities kick off at Bunnings Warehouse Gawler, located at 6 Tulloch Road, Evanston.
Meanwhile, NAIDOC Week running from July 8-15 also works to recognise contributions that Indigenous Australians make to this country and society.
This year’s theme is ‘Because of Her, We Can’ – reflecting on the active and significant roles Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have played, and continue to play, at community, local, state and national levels.
“NAIDOC Week is a perfect time to reflect on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who have helped to promote the importance of physical activity in the community through their contributions to sport,” accredited exercise physiologist and proud Iman tribe woman Bree Sauer said.
Some inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women from sport include:
- Cathy Freeman, OAM – the first Australian Indigenous person to become a Commonwealth Games gold medallist at age 16. This was in 1990 for the 4 × 100m relay.
- Nova Peris-Kneebone, OAM – the first Aboriginal Australian to win an Olympic gold medal. This was at the 1996 Olympic Games with the Australian women’s hockey team, the Hockeyroos.
- Rohanee Cox – plays for Sydney Uni Flames for the Women’s NBL and was the first indigenous woman to win a basketball medal for Australia.
- Ashleigh Gardner – plays for the Sydney Sixers in the Australian Women's Big Bash League and was the first indigenous woman to play in a cricket World Cup.
- Kira Phillips – plays for Fremantle Dockers and was the first player of indigenous descent to score in the Women's AFL.
“We are so proud of these women who inspire and encourage our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mothers, Aunties, daughters, sisters and cousins to become more involved in sport and exercise in the community,” Ms Sauer said.
To find out more about NAIDOC Week, visit www.naidoc.org.au.