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Nowra Sorry Day Bridge Walk

May 17, 2024 10:25 am in by

Nowra’s Annual Sorry Day Event has invited community members to recognise the enduring strength of Stolen Generations Survivors and reflecting on our collective responsibility in the healing journey of our people and nation. 

Since its establishment in 2001, the National Sorry Day Bridge Walk has drawn thousands of participants to Nowra, and in recent years, this event has seen over 900 participants.

Local Aboriginal Communities, non-Indigenous communities, school children from nearby schools, government, and non-government organisations, and groups from up and down the South Coast, all unite for the 2 kilometre walk across the Nowra Bridge to the Bomaderry Homes. 

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SCMSAC CEO – Craig Ardler sad, “Every year on Sorry Day, we come together to reflect on the past suffering and ongoing resilience of our Stolen Generations. It is important to acknowledge the pain they endured and connect as a community.” 

The Sorry Day Walk will commence at 9:30 am, gathering at Harry Sawkins Park in Nowra, with the walk beginning at 10 am, leading over the Nowra Bridge to the Bomaderry Homes located at 59 Beinda St, Bomaderry.

For those unable to participate in the walk or who prefer not to, assembly is welcomed at Bomaderry Homes.

The walk will be followed by stories, dance, music, art, and complimentary food and beverages. The event serves as a tribute to the strength of Stolen Generations Survivors, encouraging contemplation on how each of us can contribute to the healing process of our people and nation. 

Mr Ardler said, We encourage attendees to write, colour, or create their unique commemorative flower as a symbol of support for our Stolen Generations. Attendees can print the template available on our website or pick up one from the Jane Ardler Centre. Bring along your decorated flower mounted on a paddle pop stick on Sorry Day and add it to the commemorative circle. It’s a beautiful way to show support and honour those impacted by the Stolen Generations.” 

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