Wednesday 29th of July 2016, the Soapy Bore community celebrated NAIDOC Week with the Contact Children’s Mobile team. Around 40 adults and children attending the event, which was offered during the Contact Children’s Mobile Early Learning session within the Soapy Bore community.
It was an enjoyable day with many cultural activities and the children had crafted some Indigenous flags in preparation and these were used for decoration.
The 2016 NAIDOC theme ‘Song lines: the living narrative of our nation’ was represented during the event, with local ladies working on paintings of the dreaming of their country at Soapy Bore, which they then talked about with the children.
These and many other cultural activities were happily shared.
As an added unexpected element a group working at the nearby church surprised the children by attending the BBQ dressed up as Storm Troopers from Star Wars. ……..there were a few tears at first, but as soon as the young’uns understood the concept of the costumes there were smiles and laughs all round.
It’s not everyday Storm Troopers come to the Mobile session!
Some community members helped out preparing the BBQ and everyone left the celebration with full tummies, big smiles and began their journeys into town to attend the Alice Springs show.
On Wednesday 2 March the Soapy Bore community participated in a Clean Up Australia Day event, with the help of Urapuntja Aboriginal Corporation, Barkly Shire, My Pathways, ALEC and the Contact Mob. The community were awoken to the sounds of the Saltwater Band blasting from the Contact Children’s Mobile Troop Carrier as Robyn and Olivia from the Contact team, handed out gloves and rubbish bags, and encouraged everyone to get involved in cleaning up their community. There was great response from Soapy Bore community members, many of who had been very organised with the majority of their rubbish gathered or cleaned up prior to the day. The real stars of the show however were the children from the Soapy Bore community who did a great job within the community clean up and were very excited to lend a helping hand. After the big Clean Up activities, everyone was treated to a pancake breakfast and community members who had put in that extra effort were acknowledged with special Roo Tail awards.
This small video showcases some aspects of the Contact Children’s Mobile work within the community.