Moree to celebrate NAIDOC Week with a raft of activities
MOREE will be a hive of activity from Friday, July 5 through to Monday July 22 as people from all cultures and walks of life celebrate NAIDOC week.
The NAIDOC art exhibition Waan Nginaalingu – Let’s Work Together – featuring local artist Melinda Cain and Toomelah’s Phillip McIntosh – launches NAIDOC week at the Dhiiyaan Aboriginal Centre on Friday evening at 5.30pm, with the official opening on Monday, July 8 at 9.30am at the Dhiiyaan Aboriginal Centre on Heber Street.
A march in solidarity from the Dhiiyaan to Moree Memorial Hall as part of the official opening will commence at 10.15am.
On Saturday, July 6 sport will take centre stage, with bowls, rugby league and soccer tournaments being played at venues around Moree.
The NAIDOC Rugby League Shield Moree between Moree Boomerangs and Narwan Eels – Nation versus Nation, Mob versus Mob and Mate versus Mate – is expected to draw a huge crowd at SHAE Academy sports ground, commencing at midday.
There will be three Games – A-grade, reserve-grade and juniors as well as an arts corner, Thiyama-li activity tent, radio broadcasting and novelty races for the kids.
A snooker tournament will take place at Moree Services Club on Sunday, July 7.
The two-week celebrations, perfectly aligned with the winter school holidays, will bring together peoples from all backgrounds to celebrate at a raft of activities.
Dhiiyaan Aboriginal Centre manager Kylie Benge said NAIDOC Week was for the entire community.
“All events are open to the community and we encourage everyone to attend and participate in any or all of the events,” Ms Benge said.
“NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community,” she said.
The huge celebration has only been made possible with the valuable help and support of countless sponsors including Inland Rail, Northcott, Moree Plains Shire Council, Homes North, Polyglot, Victoria Hotel Moree, Fairview retirement Village and Hunter New England Local health District.
“We thank all of our sponsors who have made this major event happen for Moree,” Ms Benge said.
Further information on NAIDOC Week celebrations in Moree can be obtained by calling Glen or Darrel on 6752 6038 or Kylie on 6752 1346.
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