A day of corporate volunteering has led an exciting new partnership between Kings Park and Fugro to promote local Aboriginal culture to school students.
Fugro will provide major support for the Djilba Festival, a popular two-day event for primary schools. Djilba promotes local Aboriginal culture and heritage, along with themes of sustainability and the natural environment.
Chris Eastwell, Asset Integrity Director at Fugro for Australia and New Zealand, says he and his team were blown away by the event when they took part in a team volunteering activity in 2017.
‘We were so impressed by what we witnessed at the Djilba Festival that we wanted to throw as much support behind this great event as possible. We are passionate about childhood education and the enhancement of understanding of Aboriginal culture within school age children and we could not have found a better event to support than Djilba. We are genuinely excited to support such a good cause.’
As well as critical funding, Fugro is providing significant volunteer support.
‘Our partnership with Kings Park and the Djilba Festival is more than a financial donation. The events provide great opportunities for members of Fugro, both onshore and offshore to volunteer their time and effort whilst at the same time being exposed to cultural experiences that will enhance their understanding and appreciation of Indigenous people and culture. A real win-win for all involved.’
The Djilba Festival offers hands-on activities and displays with local Aboriginal cultural themes including art, hunting and tool-making, face painting, storytelling, didgeridoo and dance performances.
The Fugro partnership will enable more Aboriginal presenters to come on-board to create great experiences and a lot of fun for around 2,000 students, teachers and parents per year according to the head of Kings Park Education, Jacqui Kennedy.
‘The Djilba Festival will be very high quality and one of the only events in Perth providing such a fantastic opportunity for celebrating and learning about local Aboriginal culture.
‘We are delighted to welcome Fugro as a new member of the Kings Park ‘family’. There is a great alignment of values and aims between our two organisations and they have been so enthusiastic about this project.’
Fugro is a global geotechnical, survey and subsea IRM company with major operations in Western Australia with firm commitments to increasing community awareness and understanding of Indigenous people and culture, particularly through education.
The Djilba Festival is run by Kings Park Education and held during the annual Kings Park Festival in September. Kings Park Education provides highly engaging hands-on learning for students from pre-kindy to tertiary about the unique natural environment and culture of Western Australia.
The word ‘Djilba’ refers to one of the traditional six Nyoongar seasons around August and September, when many wildflowers bloom, baby animals are born and the ‘second rains’ come to fill lakes and rivers.
Contact our Education Bookings Officer to enquire about the Djilba Festival.