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Souths Cares’ inaugural celebration of NAIDOC Week held at Heffron Park on Wednesday has been acclaimed a success by many of the Indigenous community.

The event, which brought together members of the Redfern, La Perouse and wider communities attracted a great crowd said Brock Schaefer, General Manager of Souths Cares.

“It was always Souths Cares’ intention to bring community together to celebrate and support our local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community,” he said.

“In bringing people together we can assist in overcoming barriers to awareness and acceptance.

“The celebrations commenced with a poignant Welcome to Country by Indigenous La Perouse community member, Dean Kelly.

“Everyone was actively participating and engaged in a variety of the activities that Souths Cares had arranged.”

These included:

·       basket weaving

·       traditional dance by Warada Dance Group and XX

·       hip-hop dance

·       shell painting

·       traditional art

·       face painting

·       football clinics

·       jumping castle

·       and cultural talks.

The Rabbitohs were also present which added to the proceedings.

“It was great to see the boys join in the celebrations. Kyle Turner, Cody Walker, Kirisome Auva’a and Chris Grevsmuhl, and Rabbitohs legend Nathan Merritt, joined us to celebrate NAIDOC,” said Brock.

“There is a special bond between our players and our Indigenous community – it’s in-severable!

“Our special thanks must go to our emcee for the day, Jake Thomson, who did an excellent job.”

Souths Cares would like to acknowledge the support of the following organisations for their support; the Australian Government; Randwick City Council; Asset Group Solutions security and cleaning company; and the NRL’s Rugby League All Stars.

Click here to watch a video from the day.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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