Esperance NAIDOC event

NAIDOC celebrations were held at Esperance Oval, featuring fun activities and providing an opportunity to promote community connections.

NAIDOC Week runs from July 8 to 15 but due to weather and the timing of school holidays and the local football season the event was held on Wednesday, September 12.

The event featured a series of football matches, a Welcome to Country, face painting and other fun activities.

Local photographer Sonya Hennessy produced portraits for attendees.

The event also featured a traditional dance and didgeridoo performance.

NAIDOC event committee chair Anna Bonney said the purpose of the day was to celebrate NAIDOC with the Esperance community.

“It’s to create the opportunity for our kids to come together and share what we love about our culture,” she said.

“Football also has a culture that brings people together.

“That’s why we decided to do football this year and to also have separate categories to cater for all different groups.”

Ms Bonney said she was very pleased with the strong turnout for the event.

“It’s a beautiful day and there are so many people here,” she said.

A backdrop with the 2018 NAIDOC theme ‘Because of Her We Can’ in the shape of a woman was displayed and event participants were encouraged to write the name of an Aboriginal woman that had inspired them or a woman that they loved.