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NAIDOC Indigenous Fashion Show returns to Taree to showcase and celebrate local talent

27 Jun 2019 - Media ReleasesYouth

After a successful debut last year, the NAIDOC Indigenous Fashion Show will return to Taree in July as part of this year’s NAIDOC Week events.

 

Organised by young Indigenous community leaders and supported by the YMCA and community partners, the event on Saturday 13 July will feature Indigenous models, designers and creative talent in a celebration of culture.

 

It will also feature performances by talented local artists including Kyle Shilling and Indigenous dancers from Taree High School.

 

Event organiser and YMCA Aboriginal Youth Ambassador Trisha Cortaville-Smith says the success of last year’s inaugural show has inspired a bigger and broader event this year.

 

“This year we have raised the bar, introducing our mini models and new performers, providing an opportunity for more young people to step outside their comfort zone and build the self-esteem of our Taree youth.

 

“This event is a great opportunity for us as a community to come together at the NAIDOC Indigenous Fashion Show and celebrate our culture on the last night of NAIDOC Week. I’m privileged to work with this community and the youth, to watch them grow as young adults and see them shine on the runway.

 

“On behalf of the organising team, I’d like to thank our many sponsors and supporters, including our platinum sponsor Biripi, as well as Manning Valley Race Club, Hogan Plumbing, Catholic Care Services, Manning Support Services, Officeworks, Moda Latina, the NSW Government and the local fashion labels providing clothing for the event.

 

“I encourage everyone to come along to what is a really great night out and be inspired by our wonderful young people and culture.”

 

YMCA NSW CEO Susannah Le Bron said the organisation is delighted to once again support the event.

 

“At the Y, we strive to provide young people opportunities to live their best life, as we believe that when young people are inspired, they are powerful. This is certainly the case in Taree, where we are proud to work with young people who are driven to make a difference.

 

“The NAIDOC Indigenous Fashion Show is a great example of what can be achieved when young people and organisations work together to positively impact communities. I congratulate Trisha and the team on their vision and hard work ahead of what I know will be another wonderful event.”

 

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme is ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s Work Together’ and is a call to action to formally recognise Aboriginal sovereignty in Australia including through Constitutional reform and a treaty.

 

Anyone wanting to know more about the NAIDOC Indigenous Fashion Show including sponsorship opportunities can contact Darren Mumford via 0417 073 260.

 

Event date: Saturday 13 July 2019, 7pm for 8pm runway start

Location: Manning Valley Race Club, Bushland Drive, Taree

Tickets: $35 – available through Eventbrite http://bit.ly/Ynaidocfashionshow2019

All proceeds go towards the event and valuable programs for vulnerable young people in the local community.

 

Media – Darren Mumford P: 0417 073 260 or 0412 324 902

E: darren.mumford@ymcansw.org.au

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