Positivity through painting

Art to reflect: Red Cross was able to source paints after meeting with GIVIT, who could provide all the paint the school needed through their partnership with Taubmans.
Art to reflect: Red Cross was able to source paints after meeting with GIVIT, who could provide all the paint the school needed through their partnership with Taubmans.

A special NAIDOC Week mural stands boldly at Narooma High School, reminding students they are not alone through tough times.

Local artist Natalie Bateman says the mural depicts the four areas students come from; Bermagui, Bodalla, Narooma and Wallaga Lake as well as the river, animal spirits, the Rainbow serpent and Bush medicine: "It's a stunner of a painting!"

Aboriginal mentor and teacher support of Narooma High School, Carl Taylor says the mural was so large the important community project would have been too expensive without help from GIVIT and Red Cross Narooma: "The mural and paintings gave students exposure to culture through art, but also time to reflect on what they'd experienced through the bushfires and help process and understand they are not alone."

"It's their 'story' of how the Narooma High School is not only a place of education, but a meeting place on Aboriginal land where students come together and support each other through tough times, with an understanding we don't own the land - we belong to it!"

Red Cross Narooma Youth and Community Development Officer, Gabrielle Powell first worked with GIVIT after the Cobargo bushfires to better support people who were struggling and lost everything.

"We're also looking at ways to support the school and their students, most of which have been impacted by the bushfires in some way, and this was a great opportunity to provide them with a positive activity during NAIDOC Week.

Red Cross was able to source paints after meeting with GIVIT, who could provide all the paint the school needed through their partnership with Taubmans."

Currently, there are 3,000+ items listed on GIVIT.org.au as needed across the Eurobodalla region.

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