CBUS Super Stadium was the place to be on December 15th, with over 1000 people attending the annual NAIDOC Day celebration hosted by the Gold Coast Titans.
After being postponed earlier in the year due to COVID-19 lockdowns, the NAIDOC Community Day was able to go ahead, featuring a great atmosphere, rich culture, lots of food and Christmas Carols.
This year’s theme being ‘Heal Country’ acknowledges the First Nations people’s connection to both land and sea.
It calls for a stronger approach in recognising, protecting, and maintaining all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and heritage.
Titans fullback Jayden Campbell said NAIDOC Week is an important time to bring people together.
“NAIDOC Week is a time we can come together and celebrate our beautiful culture,” Campbell said.
“Celebrating with everyone here is really important and we can’t wait to do it more in future years,” he said.
The event featured numerous activities for the kids, including a visit from Santa and fireworks and carols at the end of the night.
CEO of Kalwun Development Corporation Kieran Chilcott said the event celebrates the achievements of First Nations people.
“NAIDOC Day is important for us to come together and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and all of our achievements,” Chilcott said.
“It’s really important for not just adults to celebrate, but also all of the young kids too,” he said.
General Manager of Community and Game Development, Renee Cohen said that this event was very significant to the Titans.
“Hosting this event means a great deal to the Titans as it allows us to connect to those out in the wider community,” she said.
“It provides us with the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of not only First Nations people and players in our club, but also the wider community,” Cohen said.