23-May-2017

The Long Walk

On Tuesday 23rd May, myself, Juan, Nick and Mr Callanan took part in the annual Long Walk. Taking place in and around Aquinas College, Ringwood.

The aim of the Long Walk is to celebrate Reconciliation and Indigenous culture, raising awareness that Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander people deserve to obtain the same human rights that the rest of the Australian population share.

The Long Walk 2017, was the sixth time that this occasion has taken place. A total of 41 other primary and secondary schools throughout Victoria were led by AFL Legend and also founder of the Long Walk Foundation, Michael Long and Olympic Gold Medallist, Nova Peris.

All the students proudly represented their school, carrying their school banners, as we all showed support for Reconciliation.

After the walk all the schools entered the College's hall to take part in the assembly. Several students from Aquinas College led the assembly whether it was through singing, reading or performing in the band. Nova Peris and Michael Long shared their stories of being an Indigenous person throughout the Stolen Generation. They talked about their families, sporting careers and how they overcame racial abuse. Nova Peris shared how she became the first Indigenous athlete to become an Olympic Gold Medalist. Michael Long also discussed more about the formation and growth of his foundation.

Overall, the Long Walk was a terrific and special event to celebrate Reconciliation and the Indigenous culture as a whole.

Alex
College Vice Captain

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