What a fantastic week it was for Nidjalla Waangan Mia as Mandurah came together to celebrate NAIDOC Week. The events kicked off with a Community Walk and Comedy night at MPAC, followed by Health and Wellbeing Expo hosted at Nidjalla, the Mandjar Dance Off, and wrapped up with the Gnaala Karla Booja netball carnival.
The Health and Wellbeing Expo was truly heartwarming, with community and health agencies coming together to share valuable information. A big thank you to everyone who attended; your support made the day special. The positive energy was palpable throughout the day, and we are grateful to all who contributed to the vibrant atmosphere.
The NAIDOC Health & Wellbeing Expo was a magical experience, with the community coming together for song, dance, and a powerful smoking ceremony. Special guests Sean Choolburra and Gary Wilkes added to the atmosphere of the day. Every age group was catered for with craft activities led by Leanne, a sausage sizzle, a coffee van, and face painting added to the festive vibe.
Shout out to the local services who participated: Allambee, Choyces, Money Mentors Financial Counselling, Foodbank WA, headspace Mandurah, Moordijt Djena Podiatry Service, Department of Justice, GP down south AOT Team, Palmerston, Foodbank, Avivo, and City of Mandurah Youth, were showcased alongside engaging activities like the Winjan Aboriginal Corporation Aboriginal Rangers' "fire making" and other activities.
GP Down South participated in the Gnaala Karla Booja Mixed Netball Carnival with three teams. The community team, a mix of individuals with diverse skills, reached the B Grade Grand Final and secured the Runner-Up title, with Danny earning MVP honors. Special thanks to Charellett Bennell for coordinating the team.
Our second team, consisting of GP Down South staff and their families, not only showed support for the event but also displayed excellent teamwork throughout the competition. A special shoutout to Rebecca Cabassi for coordinating the team. The third team, a junior squad aged 12 to 15, courageously competed in the adult category, showcasing teamwork and determination. Clive secured Junior Runner-Up MVP, and a special mention goes to Danika Lundie for coordinating the junior team. Thanks to all participants; we look forward to next year's event.
As the week of celebrations concluded, the sense of unity and wellbeing lingered, creating lasting memories and setting the stage for another year of vibrant NAIDOC festivities in Mandurah. Huge thanks to the Binjareb NAIDOC Community for all their work.
GP down south is an exemplary not-for-profit community organisation. We have been providing health and wellbeing services in the Peel regions and the South West of WA since 1994.