Celebrating Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

4 August 2016

Today, Thursday 4 August, is National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day!

It's a time to celebrate the strengths, culture and resilience of Indigenous kids.

Young ones at our Toombul Early Childhood Centre enjoyed singing and counting in Yuggera in celebration of this special day.

Watch a one-minute video of the kids in action here.

In Rockhampton, UnitingCare Community Local Level Alliance Facilitator James Mundy organised the Dharumbal Dash in celebration of Children's Day.

It's an inaugural event designed to share local Indigenous culture and boost Indigenous students' educational outcomes.

The Dharumbal Dash involved more than 120 Indigenous primary school students in grades four to six from schools, with high Indigenous enrolment rates.

Mr Mundy, who is a Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi man, said the event was designed to address a need identified by the community to improve Indigenous students' educational outcomes.

Activities included healthy eating and lifestyle workshops, bullying awareness, Indigenous culture and language, traditional games, music and dance.

"We know one individual workshop only goes so far, but by doing a whole round robin with a suite of activities we're hoping for really positive outcomes," Mr Mundy said.

"The biggest thing I'm hoping the kids walk away with is friendship, making new friends in the community, and for them to feel connected to their community.

"Growing up myself as a young person not having that connection was a real struggle, so that drove my passion in creating this event."

Read more about the Dharambul Dash in the ABC News story here.

Media enquiries: email media@uccommunity.org.au or phone (07) 3253 4000.

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