Strong Women feature at Darwin Women's Luncheon

Strong Women feature at Darwin Women's Luncheon

A keynote presentation from Jessie Mabo, daughter of land rights activist Eddie (Koiki) Mabo and Vicki-Lee Knowles, CEO of Northern Territory Stolen Generations highlighted another successful ‘The Long Walk Women’s Luncheon’ event in Darwin last week.

Initiated by the women that walked with Michael Long to Canberra, The Long Walk Women’s Luncheon recognises the role Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women play in our communities while raising important funds for The Long Walk’s Cultural Exchange program.

Jessie personally presented a family perspective on the recent handing back of the Murray Islands to the traditional owners, the Merriam people following the 20th anniversary year of the historic Mabo land-rights decision and 10-year court case in which Eddie (Koiki) achieved national prominence as the successful principal plaintiff in the landmark High Court of Australia ruling on native land title.

NT Stolen Generations CEO, Vicki-Lee Knowles also gave a powerful presentation on her organisation’s Cultural Exchange program, supported through fundraising from The Long Walk, and as CEO of the Stolen Generations and the trials they have faced and overcome.

The Long Walk Board member and Australian actor, Aaron Pedersen was very popular MC for the event, with many guests lining up for photos.

The Long Walk was honoured to have the Ngarukuruwala Tiwi Strong Women’s Group perform some traditional songs, and they were given a standing ovation. The Long Walk Patron, Michael Long, also performed a short dance with the women after going onstage for a photo with the Choir.

The Long Walk is a charity inspired by Essendon champion and Indigenous ambassador Michael Long. Inspired by his walk to Canberra in 2004 to raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues and to get them on to the national agenda, The Long Walk today now raises awareness of health, well being and life opportunity in these communities.

Fundraising for the event, the second luncheon in Darwin, included a silent auction and raffle. All funds raised at the Darwin Women’s Luncheon go to The Long Walk Cultural Exchange program.

Guests included the Darwin Lord Mayor, Katrina Fong Lim, Nova Peris and students from the Nova Peris Girls Academy in Darwin, Trish Crossin Federal Minister for the NT and Delia Lawrence, Leader of the Opposition, and Larrakia Elders.
The Long Walk would like to thank the sponsors of this event, including The Holiday Inn Esplanade, Batji Tours, NT Government – Office of Women’s Policy, Hardy Aviation and Fly Tiwi, Telstra Foundation and Essendon Football Club.

To see more photos from the day, please visit our Gallery.

Photo by Baz Ledwidge: Michael Long and the Ngaruluruwala Tiwi Strong Women's Group