An amazing day!
WOW! What an amazing day at The Long Walk Together 2015 celebrations at Federation Square on Saturday. The sun shone brightly and the crowds came to join in a fanatastic array of activities, stalls, food and entertainment.
A HUGE thank you to our Principal Sponsor, Reconciliation Australia. CEO Justin Mohamed addressed the audience and spoke of the partnership with The Long Walk which has developed over many years.
Thank you also to our longterm partner, the Essendon Football Club, who provide The Long Walk with a wonderful home and the support we need.
Thank you to all our Event partners, Aboriginal Quitline, Commonwealth Government, State Government, Veolia, Federation Square, City West Water and pro bono partners Minter Ellison and Grant Thornton.
Thank you to our stallholders - Department of Justice & Regulation, Lowitja Institute, Cathy Freeman Foundation, Yarn Stron Sista, Yamatji Art & Craft, Deakin Institute of Koorie Education, Australian Volunteers International, Amnesty, AFL Sportsready, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Relationships Australia Victoria, Dianella Health, Oxfam, Victorian Aboriginal Health Service, CoHealth, Dental Health Services Victoria, Indigenous Ultimate Association, Reconciliation Victoria, Wulumperi, Westside Circus, Grumbletumms, Babaji's Kitchen, Spekky Dreaming, Richmond Football Club and Essendon Football Club Community team and EFC's Heath Hocking.
A big shout out to our wonderful, passionate and enthusiastic MC, Tammy Anderson!! Tammy is one of our Walk the Talk Education program facilitators, and her passion and care for the community shone through as MC.
Thank you to our speakers -Aunty Di and Aunty Carolyn for their Welcome to Country; The Long Walk Chairperson, Leanne Brooke; Justin Mohamed, Reconciliation Australia; and Victorian Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Hon. Natalie Hutchins
Special thanks to all the wonderful performers on the stage - Kilmore International School, Jayden Lillyst, Kinja, Illana Atkinson, Philly, Johnny Lovett, Archie Roach & Craig Pilkington and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects. The performances were exceptional and the crowd appreciated the talent they were seeing on the stage.
Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers, both individuals and from SEDA, NAB and Essendon Football Club - your efforts on the day were outstanding!
Thank you to Earl Setches, Bruno Rendina and the PTEU for their continued support providing Marshals and John from Prime Labour Hire for Security for The Long Walk to Dreamtime at the 'G. Thanks also to Coco Eke and Emma Anderson.
Thank you to Miranda Brown Publicity for their PR services leading up to the event.
A huge thanks to Ade Barnard and his team from Engineroom Production for once again providing seamless stage management and production services.
Thank you to The Long Walk Board for their support and direction.
Thank you to our Patron, Michael Long, whose efforts over the years to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a voice. Thanks to Michael's family for sharing the great man with us!
Congratulations to The Long Walk staff - General Manager Debby Walker, Events & Admin Coordinator Kathy Braithwaite, Walk the Talk Coordinator Nicole Caulfield and Social Media Coordinator Danielle Kaitu.
And mostly, THANK YOU, our supporters and friends, for your attendance and your support in helping to make this wonderful event better every year!