Earbus Foundation staff are taking part in NAIDOC activities in two regional locations this year to celebrate our partnerships with Wirraka Maya and Bega Garnbirringu Aboriginal Medical Services. In Port Hedland, Dee Parker and Paul Higginbotham set up an Earbus Foundation stall and offered free hearing screening at Wirraka Maya’s wonderful Family Day. Our thanks to Karen Glenn, Steve Magwenzi and Sethu Raman for the invitation and support on the day.
In September the Earbus Team will support NAIDOC Celebrations at East Kalgoorlie Primary School, offering access to the Earbus, hearing tests, screening, education and awareness information for families, staff and children. NAIDOC is a great way to meet extended family members like grandparents as well as other service providers working in Aboriginal Australia.
NAIDOC started as the National Aborigines Day Observance Committee (NADOC) but it wasn’t until 1974 that the Committee consisted entirely of Aboriginal people. In 1975 the event expanded to become a week of celebrations, from the first to second Sunday in July. NADOC expanded to recognise Torres Strait Islanders and is now the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC).