The 2020 Western Desert Interschool Athletics Carnival, organised by Ngurra Kujungka, was attended saw students, staff and parents from a number of schools including Marble Bar, South Newman Primary, Punmu, Kunawarritji, Nullagine, Jigalong, Strelley and Warralong as well as Newman Police Legacy/YMCA students coming together for a fun day of athletics. Joining in the festivities were Jodi (Tackling Indigenous Smoking Coordinator) and Beck (Pilbara Be You Program Coordinator) from Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service along with staff from NK, Oceania Athletics, Newman Police, YMCA Newman, Shire of East Pilbara. Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service, Marble Bar Primary School Nullagine Primary School Jigalong Remote Community School Kunawarritji Rawa Community School.
Mawarnkarra was invited to attend R U Ok Day at the Roebourne TAFE, an event that was organised and coordinated by students. Mawarnkarra brought the cake and fruit platters, which were enjoyed by all.
The R U Ok Day at the Roebourne TAFE saw staff from Yaandina, Empowering People in Communities (EPIC) and One Tree as well as Mawarnkarra coming together with community to ask each other R U Ok?
Josie Sampson conducted a welcome to country, which set the scene for a good day to be had by all. Everyone had a good yarn and engaged in some activities to promote social and emotional wellbeing.
The Hedland Be You Consultants, Erica and Dom, attended a community event with Telethon Kids Institute on Monday 14 September. A number of community organisations attended the event which gave us an opportunity to speak about the Pilbara Kimberley Be You Project to not only community members, but also other organisations in town.
During the Telethon Kids Institute event in Hedland, Erica took the opportunity to engage children and young people in an activity to help them identify safe people that they can talk to about any problems they might be having. This was a fantastic opportunity to encourage children and young people to name and acknowledge the safe people in their lives, while also raising awareness for parents, caregivers and service providers about who children and young people identify safe people. Beyond family members, children and young people identified teachers, police, paramedics as well as staff at the hospital and YIC (Youth Involvement Council) as safe people that they could speak to if they were having problems, be they big or small.