Life­time of help­ing oth­ers recog­nised

Kalamunda Reporter - - Opinion -

NOON­GAR El­der Dianne Ry­der has earned na­tional recog­ni­tion for her com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the lives of in­dige­nous peo­ple.

Ms Ry­der, a mem­ber of St John of God Mid­land Public and Pri­vate Hos­pi­tals’ Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity ref­er­ence group, was pre­sented the Life­time Achieve­ment Award at the re­cent Na­tional Naidoc Awards.

“One of my proud­est achieve­ments is run­ning the Swan Abo­rig­i­nal Com­mu­nity Christ­mas Party, which is run en­tirely by vol­un­teers and last year saw more than 900 peo­ple come to­gether as a com­mu­nity at Mid­vale Oval,” she said.

“This event is where I see and where ev­ery­one can feel a real sense of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.”

Ms Ry­der said be­ing part of the St John of God ref­er­ence group was a con­tin­u­a­tion of her on­go­ing com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the health and well­be­ing of Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in Mid­land.

“This stems from my in­volve­ment with Moort Bood­jari Mia, which is now based at the hos­pi­tal and sup­ports young Abo­rig­i­nal women dur­ing their preg­nancy,” she said.

“The ser­vice makes a huge dif­fer­ence to the lives of the women and their fam­i­lies.

“For me, get­ting the right as­sis­tance for young Abo­rig­i­nal mums means the kids will have the right start in life and it is won­der­ful to see this pro­gram con­tin­u­ing and sup­ported at the hos­pi­tal.”

Dianne Ry­der re­ceives her award from SJOG Mid­land Public Hos­pi­tal di­rec­tor of Abo­rig­i­nal health Chris­tine Clinch.

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