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Youngsters learn about healthy lifestyles for NAIDOC Week

CELEBRATING: Shay Spangen, 10, Kiara Oats, 11, and Jackson Ward, 11, at Nhulundu Health Service's sports and arts day, Gladstone Netball Courts.
CELEBRATING: Shay Spangen, 10, Kiara Oats, 11, and Jackson Ward, 11, at Nhulundu Health Service's sports and arts day, Gladstone Netball Courts. Nicky Moffat

KIDS painted a banner for the NAIDOC march on Friday, played sports and learned about healthy lifestyles at a Nhulundu Health Service sponsored event at Gladstone netball courts on Wednesday.

Kiara Oats was one of about a dozen youngsters who painted a banner for the march, which will mark the end of formal NAIDOC Week celebrations.

FUN DAY: Gikayla Jarrow shoots a hoop at Nhulundu Health Service's sports and arts day.
FUN DAY: Gikayla Jarrow shoots a hoop at Nhulundu Health Service's sports and arts day. Nicky Moffat

The 11-year-old said she had a great time.

"I've been painting for a really long time," she said.

"I'm having fun; it's relaxing."

Gikayla Jarrow was proud of her painting.

"The banner will be used as a flag for the march," she said.

Biloela sisters Dakota and Laken Albury had come to Gladstone to enjoy their holidays with family, and had enjoyed a morning of sports and activities before helping paint the banner.

Fifteen-year-old Dakota reflected on the more serious side of NAIDOC Week celebrations, which this year acknowledges the war-time contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women.

"I think it's important for people to go to war to protect our country," she said.

"I wouldn't do it, though, because I don't want to die."

Laken said every year she looked forward to NAIDOC Week.

"It's about your culture. We don't get to learn about our culture much," Laken said.

The event is part of Nhulundu Health Service's annual NAIDOC Week celebrations, during which on Tuesday an elders' luncheon greeted 70 elders and today will host a memorial golf day in Calliope.

NAIDOC week events

Thursday

  • Noon-4pm: QGC Memorial Golf Day at Calliope Golf Course.

Friday

  • 9.30am: NAIDOC march, Anzac Park.
  • 11am-3pm: Family Fun Day, Barney Pt Beach.
  • Evening: NAIDOC Awards announced.

Monday

  • 7pm: Mt Druitt Indigenous Choir at Shed 19, 19 Dalrymple Dr, Gladstone.

Wednesday

  • Noon: Mt Druitt Indigenous Choir concert at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum

Topics:  gladstone, indigenous, naidoc week



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