FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
12th May 2021
National Sorry Day – a time for acknowledging the strength of Stolen Generations Survivors.
Nowra’s Annual Sorry Day Event welcomes all members of the community to commemorate and reflect on the part we play in the healing process for our people and nation.
Since it’s inception in 2015, many people have gathered in Nowra to take part in the National Sorry Day Bridge Walk. People from local Aboriginal Communities, non-Indigenous communities, kids from local schools, government and non-government organisations, along with groups from Sydney and surrounds, have all joined together in the three kilometre walk from Moorehouse Park across the bridge and up to Bomaderry Homes.
“After a challenging year of isolation and uncertainty, it is more important than ever to gather and commemorate days like National Sorry Day. It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the suffering and strength of our Stolen Generations and our Elders, and acknowledge the trauma they felt that continues to reverberate down through time.” SCMSAC CEO – Craig Ardler
This year due to the bridge renovations the commemorative walk will instead begin at Thurgate Oval Bomaderry and continue along Beinda St to the Bomaderry Homes, 59 Beinda Street Bomaderry. The walk will be followed by speeches, stories, dance, music, kids activities, and free food and drinks. The event will acknowledge the strength of Stolen Generations Survivors and reflect on how we can all play a part in the healing process for our people and nation.
“This year we are encouraging attendees to write, colour, or create their own unique commemorative flower as a symbol of support for our Stolen Generations. Attendees can print the template available on our website or pick up one from the Jane Ardler Centre. Bring along your decorated flower mounted on a paddle pop stick on Sorry Day and add it to the commemorative garden.” Nathanael Curtis – SCMSAC Manager and Event Organiser
Due to COVID-19, the NSW Government have restrictions in place which means the event needs to be ticketed however it is still a free event. To obtain a ticket head to our website, or for more information and media inquiries please contact Nathanael Curtis (02) 4448 0200.
Event Venue: 59 Beinda Street Bomaderry
Walking Route: From Thurgate Oval to the Bomaderry Homes
Event Time: 10:30am – 2:00pm