Staff and community members stepped onto the sunny lawns of Westmead Hospital at 12pm for the second part of the Human Experience Week event, Ngalawa Burudi ‘Live Better’ – Family and Communities, an event designed to celebrate the power of kindness, empathy and human experience and create a continued dialogue with the community and Close the Gap.
The star-studded event included an appearance by Australian Idol winner, Royston Noell, former Sydney Swans great, Michael O’Loughlin and event emceeing and music by the Fringe Dwellers, two DJs from Mount Druitt.
Other guests included author, podcaster and sports journalist, Marlee Silvaa, who shared her career story and local netball teams, the Greater Western Sydney’s Giants and the Sydney Swifts, who ran a sports clinic for children and adults alike.
Following another welcome to country by Darug Nation Local Aboriginal woman, Julie Jones, Aboriginal Health Strategy acting district director, Belinda Cashman, welcomed everyone to the event, highlighting the event’s aim of connecting with community.
“We are always looking to make a greater connection with community and gather your feedback and input,” said Belinda.
“This is a safe space – and it is so fantastic to see the turnout today.”
With a festival vibe, attendees were treated to food stations, cooking classes, basket weaving, autograph signings and an astro-turf lounge, an essential backdrop for a selfie or two.
Hungry bellies were first filled with complementary food including waffle pops, chips-on-a-stick and provided lunches from Westmead Hospital caterer Zoukis.
Also in attendance was Brenden Moore from the botanical gardens who talked all things native plants and handed out plant clippings.
“The district has one of the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations in NSW, so events like today are essential to connect the community,” said Belinda.
“Thank you again for joining us.”