Champions in diversity
Community steps up and unites to highlight indigenous examples
HUNDREDS of people participated in the Reconciliation Walk and Gathering at Mt Druitt on Saturday – the 19th time the event has been held.
Event organiser Debbie Higgison, of Learning Ground Mt Druitt, said it was an “excellent day”.
“More and more people are getting involved from different cultures and not just indigenous,” she said.
The walk featured coloured dress and banners and two people were chosen to lead the walk because of their positive example to the community.
Brad Hardman, a boxer who had his leg amputated when he was 15, has been an inspiration to people in the community.
Taylor Clarke also was chosen for her tireless encouragement of indigenous people to claim their heri- tage. She was awarded the Young Persons Reconciliation Award.
“With more and more indigenous candidates running for Federal Government positions, we are proving to the nation that we are intelligent and deadly, and we will not sit down and become complacent,” Taylor said in a speech.
Gumaroy Newman energetically guided everyone through the gathering, which included opportunities for people to participate in storytelling, face painting, art, games and the Mt Druitt’s Got Talent contest, won by Billie Wild.
We are proving to the nation that we are intelligent and deadly. Taylor Clarke
ROLE MODEL Secure future Above: Debbie Higgison, reconciliation leader Lyn Leerson and Taylor Clarke at the Indigenous Reconciliation Walk and Gathering at Dawson Mall in Mt Druitt and (left and below) hundreds of people participating and celebrating inclusion and diverse cultures. Pictures: Phil Rogers.