It was an absolute honour and privilege for Aberlea to donate the award for Female Aboriginal Elder of the Year at the NAIDOC awards ceremony held in Warrnambool on Monday.
Our Board chairman Mick Murphy OAM was on hand to present the award to Daphne Lowe and said it was an occasion Aberlea was proud to be associated with.
More than 150 people attended the celebrations and watched a performance from the Gunditjmara Karrweeyn dancers.
Mrs Lowe was honoured for her work, along with Wayne Harradine who was named the Male Elder of the Year.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life.
NAIDOC originally stood for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. This committee was once responsible for organising national activities during NAIDOC Week and its acronym has since become the name of the week itself.