First an­niver­sary cel­e­brated

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

A group sup­port­ing indige­nous women in Kar­ratha re­fused to let rain ruin their birth­day as they cel­e­brated turn­ing one year old with an in­door bar­be­cue.

While the heav­ens may have pre­vented the orig­i­nal park bar­be­cue plans, the Strong Women’s group moved in­doors for a feed, ac­tiv­i­ties and a chat among friends.

Kar­ratha Cen­tral Health­care Abo­rig­i­nal out­reach worker Michelle Dann said the group helped women who may be feel­ing iso­lated in Kar­ratha meet new peo­ple.

“You get a lot of peo­ple here who come from dif­fer­ent towns and need to meet other peo­ple but also have more sup­port from the com­mu­nity,” she said.

“I think it is im­por­tant to have sup­port here for all the indige­nous women in Kar­ratha, es­pe­cially be­ing such a big place.

“Some women who come here don’t have fam­ily up here so it’s re­ally good to have some­where to meet.”

Up­com­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a healthy-heart cook­ing class with the Heart Foun­da­tion and first aid train­ing with St John Am­bu­lance.

Ms Dann said what­ever the ladies wanted to do, the group would help fa­cil­i­tate it.

“We’re look­ing at be­ing at a point where we can take new peo­ple around and show them main ar­eas and in­tro­duce them to or­gan­i­sa­tions around town too,” she said.

The group meets ev­ery fort­night, with a break over school holidays.

The Strong Women's group held its first an­niver­sary last week.

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