Kambu Health Hosts Inaugural NAIDOC Gala Ball 2024 at Queensland Museum Rail Workshops

Kambu Health Hosts Inaugural NAIDOC Gala Ball 2024 at Queensland Museum Rail Workshops

Kambu Health hosted its inaugural NAIDOC Gala Ball 2024 at the historic Queensland Museum Rail Workshops in Tulmur (Ipswich) on Saturday. The event, celebrating cultural heritage, unity, and achievement within the Indigenous community, was attended by more than 300 guests. Kambu Health Hosts Inaugural NAIDOC Gala Ball 2024 at Queensland Museum Rail Workshops

The evening’s theme, “Our People – Our Community – Our Health – Our Way,” was brought to life through a three-course dinner, live entertainment, and a celebratory atmosphere. The proceedings opened with a Welcome to Country by Yuggera/Birin woman, Carla Davidson.

Guests were treated to a performance by the Yuggera and Mubuiag Dancers and the Indigenous band CKNU, whose music helped highlight the richness of Indigenous culture.

Gomeroi woman and Kambu Health CEO, Simone Jackson, expressed her pleasure with the celebrations, acknowledging the important role Kambu has served in the community for 48 years.

“It’s so special tonight to bring the Ipswich, West Moreton, and surrounding communities together to celebrate NAIDOC Week,” Ms Jackson said. “We’re the first cab off the rank having it the day NAIDOC actually starts. It’s just wonderful to have the community acknowledge our staff and the services… as well as having a laugh with Kevin – it was great!”

Renowned Ngarrindjeri comedian Kevin Kropinyeri served as the Master of Ceremonies, guiding attendees through a night filled with laughter and celebration.

The event also featured an Awards Ceremony, recognizing local champions for their significant contributions to the community.

Kambu Health, a community-controlled, not-for-profit charitable entity, organized the gala to honor the achievements and resilience of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Ipswich and West Moreton.

Wakka Wakka and Kambu Chair, Allan Fisher, praised the efforts of the staff, saying, “For the first one (Gala Ball) we’ve had in years, the staff did a tremendous job. Hearing from the people here, they’re all happy with the way it turned out. We keep the fire burning with things like this – staying in touch with the community.”

The successful event marked a significant milestone in celebrating NAIDOC Week, highlighting the importance of cultural pride and community.

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Source: https://nit.com.au/09-07-2024/12404/Kambu-Health-celebrates-NAIDOC-week0-with-inaugural-Gala-Ball

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