Nakyeisha Williams (left) and Hazron Duncan at the opening of Clifford Park this year.   Photo Contributed
Nakyeisha Williams (left) and Hazron Duncan at the opening of Clifford Park this year. Photo Contributed Contributed

Getting festive at Goonellabah

THE YWCA Northern Rivers is getting ready to celebrate with their annual Goonellabah Christmas event, to be held tomorrow at Clifford Park, Goonellabah.

This year the event is being managed by the YWCA Cultural Engagement Officer Naomi Moran, and as such has undergone some exciting changes.

The newly named Goonellabah Summer Party was designed and implemented by a committee of Indigenous youth together with local community service providers.

It is envisaged that this new structure will provide a more sustainable community approach to the event and provide ongoing leadership opportunities for young people.

In previous years up to 400 people from the community have attended to celebrate with one another and with workers from local services who have again partnered with the YWCA to provide the much needed financial sponsorship and in-kind support for this event to be delivered for families and their children.

Their ongoing support has been invaluable to its delivery in previous years and provides a unique opportunity to engage with and contribute to the community - either through direct sponsorship of activities and/or by assisting with organising and being part of the day.

The focus of this year is on sharing and celebrating the local community and its achievements, along with various activities and stalls for children, a touch rugby competition, musical and performance workshops, arts and crafts and community barbeque.

The event will run from 4pm-7pm and is a free event for all community members.

YWCA Northern Rivers Cultural Engagement Officer Naomi Moran says the event is more than just a fun day - it's about building positive relationships that will contribute to positive growth in the community and encouraging positive cohesion.

"With the opportunity for local youth, community members and our service providers to play a part in planning and hosting of the event, this encourages the development of future leaders and stronger relationships between our people and the services they connect with. It's also about providing a safe environment for our community to gather together and share in a harmonious afternoon," Ms Moran said.

The Goonellabah Summer Party is a drug, alcohol and violence free event.



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