Honour the order of the day at Seniors Week celebration
Respect for your elders was the talk of the town as Broome residents celebrated WA Seniors Week at Kimberley Stolen Generation last week.
Community elders listened to speeches, enjoyed local music, sipped refreshments and snacked on goodies for the KSG-organised morning tea on November 1.
Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation projects officer Trish Plewright said the event was supported by the Department of Communities, the Council on the Ageing and Lotterywest for Seniors Week, which ran October 29 to November 5.
“The purpose of the morning tea is to celebrate senior citizens and the contributions that they make and provide an opportunity for them to come together,” she said.
Ms Plewright said an art display, created by Broome North Primary Art Group and exhibited at the event to honour elders, helped foster intergenerational respect in the community.
KSGAC inaugural chairman Mark Bin Bakar said the organisation was just playing its part in the community in honouring elders.
“It’s about honour, honouring the elders in the community, showing a bit of respect and putting a morning tea on for them,” he said.
“Looking after Stolen Generation people in particular who are getting older — respecting the fact that elders need to be honoured in the community.
“The school artwork is awesome, it’s all about community engagement and coming together — enticing the youth into acknowledging elders is great because they will be elders one day when they come of age.
“Its beautiful art, but it’s important for the community as a whole.”
Patrons gather at the Kimberley Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation for a Seniors Week morning tea.
Artwork on display at the event.