Souths Cares today (Wednesday) held a unique NAIDOC community event at Heffron Park, to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Almost 1000 people descended on the Maroubra venue to take in a day of culture, tradition and ceremony, with Souths Cares facilitating while Rabbitohs players such as Kyle Turner, Chris Grevsmuhl, Cody Walker and Kirisome Auva’a spoke to those gathered.

“NAIDOC’s a national week to celebrate Indigenous culture and heritage,” said Souths Cares CEO Brock Schaefer.

“This is the first time the Rabbitohs and Souths Cares have had our own dedicated celebration for the community and it’s going fantastically.

“There are no sponsors here today – today’s about creating cultural workshops allowing young people to get in touch with their history and heritage.”

Souths Cares mentor and proud Indigenous man, Rhys Wesser, added that the event is an opportunity to unite non-indigenous peoples with Indigenous culture.

“We are the custodians of this great country,” said Rhys.

“It’s about uniting non-indigenous with our culture and understanding that we need to come together as one and live together in harmony.

“I think that having this week and celebrating it and bringing people together and moving forward, is what it’s all about.”  

To watch a video from the day, please press play on the video player.