FOOTSCRAY HOCKEY CLUB’S FIRST EVER NAIDOC WEEK EVENT

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The NAIDOC 2021 theme – Heal Country! – calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.

In line with this year’s theme, the club will have lots of fun activities for children to do to help them understand more about sustainability and protecting country.

The program for the day includes a Native Animal Display from Wildlife Xposure. Touch and hold hand reared gliding possums or pat a tame dingo. Interact with parrots, lizards, frogs & turtles. Confront non-venomous pythons and marvel at salt and freshwater crocodiles!

There will also be an opportunity to meet an Aboriginal Elder. For thousands of years, Aboriginal Australis have done Smoking Ceremonies to cleanse places and people of bad spirits to promote the wellbeing of our people as well as guests on Country. The club will hold a proper smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country.

Another way of helping to protect country is by supporting our native bees that pollinate all of the local flora. This NAIDOC Week you will have the opportunity to help attract stingless native bees into your garden by making your own Bee Hotel. These bees will source food from your garden and thank you by pollinating your veggies, fruits and flowers in return. You can build this DIY Bee Hotel and take it home to paint before putting it in your garden.

Event sponsors Bunnings, are coming down to help children learn how to re-pot a native plant that they can take home to plant in their gardens to help native insects.

The canteen will also be stocked with some really interesting Aboriginal-owned products to try such as Gurbuchi which is an ancient form of Kombucha, SOBAH a delicious non-alcoholic beer with a native twist and some chocolates.

In addition to our NAIDOC offerings, the club’s Premier League teams will host Tems Hockey Club from 2pm.

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