2017 City to Surf Fun

It was another great Chevron Activ City to Surf event with sunny Kambarang weather. Honouring this year's NAIDOC theme, 'Our languages matter', the 2017 NWS team name was 'Moorditj Koorliny' - moving well. Team members in 4 & 12 kms walk and run categories enjoyed companionship & a good vibe on the course & afterwards in the team marquee. With sponsorship from Lavan, team members enjoyed a healthy snack & compared stories. The atmosphere was enriched by a dance performance courtesy of our marquee neighbour, Newmont Australia & Reconciliation WA. Thank you to Brian and Kymberli (Earth Bound Photografae) who captured some of the fun.

Tenth Anniversary Celebration

On Thursday 17th August, we were joined by over 80 valued government, corporate and community partners and distinguished guests to celebrate Nyoongar Wellbeing and Sports’ 10th anniversary.

After being Welcomed to Country by Elder and Board Director, Nick Abraham; Acting CEO, Mark Griffin and Board Chairperson, Wayne Nannup spoke about past, current and future activities with thanks given to the many government, corporate and community partners that enable and strengthen NWS’ achievements. Gayle Higgins, Associate Principal West Beechboro Primary School spoke about the NWS Young Achievers Club that has delivered outstanding outcomes for Aboriginal children in her school.

During the celebration, some of the past Board Chairpersons and Board Members/Directors were acknowledged and thanked - George Hayden, Gordon Cole, Daniel Morrison, Rishelle Hume and Chris Hill - with a Certificate of Appreciation and Kirrikin scarf/necktie.

Guests enjoyed cocktail food by Kuditj Catering and musical entertainment by Billie Court. Thanks also go to Peter Capes, Kevan Sparks and the Subiaco Football Club for venue support and Brian Hadwin from Earthbound Photografae for event images captured.

A novel feature of the event was an illustration of the organisation’s ability to provide cultural experiences. Guests were invited to contribute to a commemorative artwork that was partially painted on the night.

With the support of the community and other valued partners, we look forward to 10 more years dedicated to increasing the holistic health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in Nyoongar country.

NWS receives professional development boost

Nyoongar Wellbeing and Sports was one of 51 not-for-profit (NFP) community organisations awarded a scholarship by the Australian Institute of Management WA (AIM WA). The Institute is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year and for nearly 25 years has recognised and supported the work of the NFP sector through these scholarships.

“We sincerely thank AIM WA for their generous support and plan to use the scholarship to continue to advance staff leadership and management skills”, said Mark Griffin, Acting CEO. Photos of Jarred Franey, NWS Community Development Officer, accepting the award from Professor Gary Martin (AIM WA CEO) and making an acceptance speech at the ceremony on the 23rd March are courtesy of AIM WA.

Indigenous Teams in the Harmony 9s Carnival

NWS organised both men's and women's Indigenous teams to compete in the country of origin rugby league carnival held 24th-26th February. The event celebrated the rich cultural diversity of WA. While the men's team played valiantly, it was the women's team that went undefeated to win the women's competition. Their fierce pre-game war cry accompanied by great didj music may have had something to with it. Thank you to NRLWA for organising a great event and our staff Tilman, Katrina and Jarred for participating.