08 Apr 2022
Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation hosted its very first Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing Day on 31st March 2022 at Gunnamatta Park.
The event provided Mob with an opportunity to listen to guest speakers Brian Dowd, Joe Williams & Jeffery Morgan and raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing.
The day kicked off with a Welcome to Country by Aunty Barb Simms and a Smoking Ceremony by Uncle Dean Kelly, followed by deadly Traditional Dancing and Digeridoo performance by the Kurranulla Kids Group and Nulungu Dreaming.
Health & Wellbeing Day attendees also participated in free barber and beauty treatments from Walkabout Barber, a reptile exhibit and a mobile petting zoo with a variety of popular farm animals.
Kurranulla received some lovely feedback from the students and teaching staff from Engadine High School.
"The day was really good. It was really necessary. Everyone needed the break from the craziness of life and time to enjoy culture." Juliet
"An immersive experience, giving us insight into Aboriginal culture and wellbeing. It was a very fulfilling day. Thank you for sharing so much knowledge with us". Kaylan
"It was really fun with so many activities. I loved the animals especially the snakes and lizards". Kaden
"The day was extremely welcoming and lots of fun. I loved the exhibits in the hall. I was particularly interested in the no smoking stall as both my parents smoke." Joshua
"We really enjoyed the traditional ceremonies. The smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country were very special. We loved the traditional dancing as well." Laura and Ava
"A huge thank you to Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation for organising such a wonderful day where we listened and learned on Dharawal Country. As a teacher accompanying the students, I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet so many respected members of the community. I am also extremely appreciative of the support every person offered me to assist my teaching back in the classroom". Ms Tracey Miller
Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation would like to thank Aboriginal Affairs for sponsoring the event.