Aunty Irene's memory honoured with Lord's prayer
AUNTY Irene Ryder has left a marvellous legacy in the form of the Lord's Prayer.
Before she passed, she had made it her mission to convert the Christian version of the prayer in to Gungarri language, the language of her people.
This Tuesday, students from St Patrick's school fulfilled her wish by reading the Lord's Prayer in the converted Gungarri script during a special mass at St Patrick's Church.
St Patrick's teacher Bernadette Gobbert and teacher's aide Sonya Martin both worked closely with Aunty Irene to convert the prayer and could not of been happier to see the students read it out in church.
"Aunty Irene used to visit my class a lot and from there we developed the Gungarri language with the kids,” Ms Gobbert said.
"It's taken a couple of years but we've got there and we are really thrilled.”
Ms Gobbert said it was wonderful to see all of Aunty Irene's hard work come in to effect.
"She's left such a huge legacy for us,” she said.
"She stared in the 1980s bringing her culture to us and she was just so persistent and committed.
"She was just such a wonderful person and she's an absolute legend.”