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Happy birthday to the Elders!

There was an amazing Gathering on Friday from 8am to 2pm at the old Roebourne Reserve on the outskirts of Roebourne.

The crowd sang happy birthday to all the Elders present and shared large cakes along with tasty bush food (Dampa, Kangaroo Stew, Kangaroo Tail, Turtle, and Dugong curry).

Gifts were given to all the Elders who were present to mark their collective July 1st birthday.

Our thanks to everyone who attended!
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Hope Community Services
Congratulations to Tyrown Waigana, a Perth based artist and designer.

Tyrown has been named as this year’s winner of the prestigious National NAIDOC Poster Competition.

Unfortunately NAIDOC Week has been re-scheduled to run between the 8th and 15th November this year as a result of Covid-19.

His winning entry - Shape of Land - was judged by the National NAIDOC Committee to have best illustrated the 2020 NAIDOC theme: Always Was Always Will Be.

Waigana, a proud Noongar and Saibai Islander, has previously been named as one of WA’s best new and emerging Indigenous artists.

According to the 23-year-old, his winning entry depicts the Rainbow Serpent coming out of the Dreamtime to create this country and how we are strongly connected to it.

“The Rainbow Serpent is represented by the snake and it forms the shape of Australia, which symbolises how it created our lands. The colour from the Rainbow Serpent is reflected on to the figure to display our connection to the Rainbow Serpent, thus our connection to country. The overlapping colours on the outside is the Dreamtime.”

“The figure inside the shape of Australia is a representation of Indigenous Australians showing that this country - since the dawn of time - always was, and always will be Aboriginal land,” Mr Waigana added.

Committee Co-Chairs Pat Anderson and John Paul Janke congratulated Mr Waigana on his winning entry and thanked all of the talented artists who submitted their artwork in this year’s competition.

“This year’s competition attracted a staggering 270 entries nationally who responded to the 2020 NAIDOC theme.”

““It was a challenging task for the Committee to choose a single winner from such a huge range of remarkable entries and we thank everyone who submitted an entry”

Mr Waigana - who has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in graphic design, advertising and illustration and photography - runs his own brand and business Crawlin Crocodile.

“My passion for art and design comes from an early age and my goal is to make a living of being an artist and take on exciting new creative projects.”

“I love to learn new techniques and platforms I can create on,” he said.

As the winner, Ms Waigana will have his artwork displayed on the 2020 National NAIDOC Poster and receives a $10,000 cash prize. With over 100,000 posters printed, the National NAIDOC posters are distributed across the country from schools, kindergartens and universities to Government Departments, organisations and shopping centres.

Last year there were some 48,000 digital downloads of the 2019 NAIDOC Week poster.

The iconic NAIDOC poster has been celebrating and promoting NAIDOC Week since the late 1960s and rose to national prominence in the 1970s with the establishment of the Indigenous rights movement.
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Hope Community Services
Congratulations to Sam Doran for being a winner of the Australian Health Care Worker of the Year award. Sam works for HOPE and is based in Leonora and was interviewed on Sunrise by Sam Mac - interview below.

Many thanks to Sam's nominator - as you can see from the video she made, Sam has made a positive impact on the local community!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQYgCVexe10
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Hope Community Services
Hope Community Services
Today is International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, also known as 'World Drug Day', is celebrated annually on 26th June. The theme of World Drug Day 2020 is "Better Knowledge for Better Care."

Supported each year by individuals, communities, and various organizations all over the world, this global observance aims to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society.
Recently, the field of addressing the world drug problem has been 'plagued' by misinformation of many kinds.

The theme for the 2020 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking “Better Knowledge for Better Care” emphasizes the need to improve the understanding of the world drug problem and how in turn, better knowledge will foster greater international cooperation for countering its impact on health, governance and security.

To find out more please visit: -
https://www.un.org/en/observances/end-drug-abuse-day
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Hope Community Services
Today marks the relaunch of White Ribbon Australia.

On Wednesday 24 June, Communicare will relaunch White Ribbon Australia. White Ribbon Australia is part of a global social movement working to eliminate gendered violence.

Violence against women occurs across cultures and communities. It takes many forms, including physical, sexual, social, emotional, cultural, spiritual and financial abuse, and a wide range of controlling, coercive and intimidating behaviour. Regardless of the form it takes, it is understood to be most often used by men and its impact is to limit and control women’s independence.

Here are some of the statistics on gendered violence:-

• On average, the cost of leaving a violent relationship is about 141 hours and $18,000

• Police respond to 650 domestic violence incidents every day. That’s one every two minutes. Yet over 80% of women who experienced violence have never contacted the police.

• Over 100,000 people a year report to homelessness services that they are fleeing domestic violence. 94% of them are women and children.

• Australia’s full-time gender pay gap is 14%, with women earning on average $241.50 per week less than men.

To find out more please visit (www.whiteribbon.org.au
Hope Community Services
Hope Community Services
Our thanks to Roebourne Police Station

HOPE staff were invited by Senior Sergeant Mark Barratt, Officer in Charge of Roebourne Police Station, to commemorate the first raising of the Aboriginal Flag at the Roebourne Police Station

In a step towards reconciliation, the Aboriginal Flag will now be flown side-by-side the Australia and Western Australia flags at Roebourne Police Station.

Our thanks go to everyone who attended!