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August 2014 News

The Base celebrates Indigenous Australians

  • Written by  The Base
The Mt Druitt Choir performs at the Base Family Church. Photo: Provided

NAIDOC week in early August was a chance to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

One church that marked the occasion during their service that week was the Base Family Church.

“It was fantastic to have Mt Druitt Children and Youth Indigenous Choir sing at our church,” said Ps. Tiff Spary.

The choir were in the middle of their ‘Freedom Tour’, travelling from Sydney to Toowoomba, Cheourbug, Gladstone, Woorabinda, Rockhampton and Brisbane.

“29 young people were on the tour, each choir member being accompanied by a mother, grandmother or aunty,” said Tiff, “because family is central to this choir and Indigenous culture.”

Participants danced, played the didgeridoo and clap sticks, as well as sang in English and Dharug - the native Aboriginal language of the Sydney region where they had come from.

“The Mt Druitt Children and Youth Indigenous Choir is a project of the ‘One Good Day’ Christian organisation which aims to give Indigenous families facing difficult circumstances an opportunity to take a break, and have at least ‘one good day’,” said Tiff.

“This time of refreshment with fun and fellowship can often lead to better times ahead and another good day. Their mission is to see peoples hopes and dreams restored.”

For more information visit www.onegoodday.org.au

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