Cham­pi­ons in di­ver­sity

Com­mu­nity steps up and unites to high­light in­dige­nous ex­am­ples

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Elisha Pearce

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.

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