Seniors Rights Service was proud to take part, for the very first time, in the annual Yabun gathering at Victoria Park in Sydney on 26th January. This fabulous festival celebrates the proud history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, through music, dance, discussion and activities.
Yabun is Australia’s largest one day gathering celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Since 2001 it’s been is held on the 26 January on the traditional lands of the Gadigal in Sydney, with the 2019 gathering at Victoria Park in Camperdown.
The day was a real scorcher but that did not stop a big turnout. More than 35,000 people attended the festival, which was opened with a powerful and uplifting speech by Hon Linda Burney MP proud Wiradjuri woman and Labor MP for Barwon. Ms Burney is the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to the Australian House of Representatives.
Around 320 people, of all ages, visited our stall, where we offered a range of information, resources and our ever popular canvas bag to attendees, plus the kids grabbed the lollies! During the day, our social worker visited the Elders Tent, which is a designated ‘elders only’ area at the festival well situated with a great view of the main stage. This space provided Elders of the community with respite from the heat, a cuppa and a place to sit, yarn and enjoy the music. Our social worker had a chat with various members of the community and shared information with them about our services.
Seniors Rights Service has subsequently had a number of inquiries from people who talked to us at Yabun, including two legal inquiries and an inquiry for our social work program. It was a fabulous day with a lively and enthusiastic crowd. See you there next year!