ATSI Children's Day is a great day for a great community

Goulburn celebrated the 30th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day with a morning tea at the Goulburn Multicultural Centre on Monday. 

It is about effective engagement, opening communication and helping them build a good relationship with the community

Cecilia Pavlovic

Children’s Day is an opportunity for Australians to show their support for Aboriginal children since the children have less opportunities than most Australians. 

The morning tea was run by Aboriginal Health Worker for Goulburn Community Health Centre, Cecilia Pavlovic, and was supported by the Area Manager of South Eastern NSW & ACT Mission Australia, Daniel Strickland. 

Ms Pavlovic said it was important for Australians to have an event for kids to come along to and feel connected.  

“It is about effective engagement, opening communication and helping them build a good relationship with the community,” Ms Pavlovic said.  

Mr Strickland provided some statistics for The Goulburn Post, which show that Aboriginal children enter out of home care 10 times more than non-Aboriginal children. 

Children’s Day means different things to different people, but for Ms Pavlovic, it is about helping Aboriginal children grow. 

“Our little ones are our future,” she said. 

“It is about always keeping that in mind and sharing our wisdom to them.” 

A free Zumba Kids session with Zumba Fitness instructor Heni Hardi was available on the day.  

Ms Hardi runs Zumba regularly from the Multicultural Centre.