PRIDE: Rodney Landers and Councillor Geoff McMullen with Surat Aboriginal Corporation's Jess Walsh and Chloe Cleven.
PRIDE: Rodney Landers and Councillor Geoff McMullen with Surat Aboriginal Corporation's Jess Walsh and Chloe Cleven. Lucy Rutherford

Surat Aboriginal Corporation is working to support children

FOR Jess Walsh and Chloe Cleven, keeping Aboriginal culture alive is vital, and events like NAIDOC Week help shed a light on the significance of closing the gap.

The Surat Aboriginal Corporation has been named NAIDOC person/ corporation of the year.

Manager of 10 years, Jess, and children schooling officer of one year, Chloe, support Aboriginal children by getting them to school, and supporting them with their current education, as well as future pathways.

"We feel very honoured that we were chosen for the NAIDOC person/ corporation of the year, because there are so many fantastic people who are doing a great job in our community,” Ms Walsh said.

"It's very humbling.

"We try and support the community as best we can with our roles.

"It's just the little things we really appreciate, like when the kids come up and say 'hey miss, how you going?' you feel they're connected to us.”

SAC has been instrumental in organising NAIDOC Week activities around the region this week, including a cultural games day and Surat cultural sights tour.

"We just love doing our job and supporting the kids whenever we can,” Ms Walsh said.

Alongside SAC, countless local groups are joining in NAIDOC Week activities, in an effort to promote the theme of Voice. Treaty. Truth.

"Surat Aboriginal Corporation is all about promoting well-being and support in our community and closing the gap whenever we can,” Ms Walsh said.

"It's so rewarding when we see the difference we're making with the kids, and all that they're getting out of it.”


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