NAIDOC Week plays a vital and unique role in the coming together of many Australians from diverse backgrounds and nationalities – joining together to celebrate Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander culture as the oldest living continuing culture on the planet.
Rork Projects proudly took part in a range of activities and events to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2018.
Our Sydney Office held a morning tea to celebrate NAIDOC Week inviting Chris Bonney (Indigenous Relations Advisor at Cushman and Wakefield) to talk to our staff and invited guests about his thoughts on NAIDOC Week.
Our Brisbane Office explored the theme – Because Of Her, We Can! – with staff learning about significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
Our Canberra Office held an afternoon tea and staff attended the local ACT NAIDOC Awards and also the ACT NAIDOC Family Day at the University of Canberra.
Our Communications Director, John Paul Janke, represented Rork Projects at a gala dinner at the National NAIDOC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Conference held in Sydney early in the week.
On Friday 13 July, some of our senior leadership team (Brian O’Rourke, Angela O’Rourke and John Paul Janke) attended the gala 2018 National NAIDOC Awards at the Grand Ballroom of the ICC in Darling Harbour.
The Awards Ceremony is the flagship activity of this important week. and considered the most significant and anticipated event on the national Indigenous calendar.
The stunning evening featured the official presentation of ten national awards, a formal dinner and spectacular entertainment showcasing and celebrating traditional and contemporary Indigenous performers.
Our table included the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd) and Lady Cosgrove, Libby Collins (Manager, Community Engagement at Bangarra Dance Theatre) and Malcolm Lynch (a former professional AFL player and First Indigenous person to go to Antarctica) and Isabella Manfredi and Jack Moffitt (both of The Preatures).
It was an amazing night celebrating Indigenous excellence and achievement.
To find out more about NAIDOC Week, check out: naidoc.org.au