Families flock to day of fun

FUN AND GAMES: Krystal Nixon, 9, and Nathaniel Nixon, 5, enjoy the NAIDOC Week Community Family Fun Day at Westend Stadium on Thursday.

FUN AND GAMES: Krystal Nixon, 9, and Nathaniel Nixon, 5, enjoy the NAIDOC Week Community Family Fun Day at Westend Stadium on Thursday.

GRIFFITH families flocked to be part of the fun and games at Westend Oval yesterday.

The NAIDOC Week Community Family Fun Day was a chance for Indigenous and non-Indigenous locals to celebrate together.

Organiser and Griffith Local Aboriginal Lands Council committee member, Desma Newman, said the annual event was an outstanding success, with more than 200 people attending.

From traditional food and games to a wide range of service stalls, there was something for everybody.

"This is our third fun day and we've got lots for everyone to do," she said.

"We've got johnny cakes and mulligan stew, elders arts and crafts, special activities for kids under five and we'll be playing league tag and tee-ball later on," she said.

Aunty Gloria Goolagong and Madison Penrith performed the welcome to country, while a whip cracker and didgeridoo player added plenty of atmosphere to the official opening.

A popular part of the day was the Passport to Better Health, a 10-step health check, conducted inside Westend Stadium.

Participants made their way around the different stations, which included blood pressure and blood sugar levels, nutrition and BMI and social and emotional well-being, in an effort to find out how healthy they were.

Regional tobacco and healthy lifestyle co-ordinator, Sharon Hately, said the program had been well received.

"It's been developed to have done in a relaxed, non-clinical environment," she said.

"We had 85 registrations in the first hour.

"Today is an opportunity for non-Indigenous and Indigenous people to come together and celebrate."

Children also had fun on a jumping castle, in sumo suits and enjoyed having their faces painted.

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