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AUGUST 2021  |  Newsletter
Message from the Director

There is always so much happening and, in this newsletter, we have highlighted the many ways that CatholicCare NT works with our community partners.

There is so much we can achieve when we work together and join forces to make things happen.
During the lockdown many of our staff stepped in to support our colleagues in the homeless sector to ensure that services could keep running.

The Tiwi Island sports program was a great example of the community pulling together to create a fantastic school holiday program. 

In July we celebrated National Aborigines and Islanders Observance Day [NAIDOC] week.
CatholicCare NT was able to support the annual NAIDOC Ball which recognises significant contributions of Aboriginal people in our community.

As always the NO MORE program continues to engage with the sporting community to raise awareness and educate people around preventing family violence.

Jayne Lloyd
CatholicCare NT congratulates Charlie King OAM in receiving an AM [Member of the Order of Australia] in the Queen's Birthday 2021 Honours List.

Charlie, one of over 250 recipients, was recognised 'For significant service to the Indigenous Community in the Northern Territory'.

As stated by the Governor-General, "each of these individuals are unique and their story deserves to be shared widely and celebrated."
Charlie, a Gurindji man born in Alice Springs, has a long list of achievements. 

Host of ABC Radio’s Territory Grandstand, he has covered everything from matches in the Australian Football League [AFL]  to the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 and, London in 2012.

Charlie has won numerous national and local awards.

A recipient of an Order of Australia Medal in 2015, he was recognised for his contribution to Aboriginal people through the media and, for his work in family and domestic violence.  
In 2016 he won a Northern Territory Human Rights Award and in 2019 he was 'Senior Territorian of the Year'.

Charlie has worked in partnership with CatholicCare NT since 2006.

He has been involved in developing strong men's programs and, as the founder of the NO MORE violence prevention campaign, in using sport to engage men to look at solutions to family violence. 

Charlie is very dedicated, and through his work, continues to make a difference in communities throughout the Northern Territory.
Once again, congratulations Charlie on being recognised for this well-deserved and prestigious honour, the Order of Australia Member - Medal of Service.

The Australian system of honours and awards was establish in 1975 for according recognition to Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or meritorious service.
During lockdown, CCNT staff from our Malak site took our preferred tea and coffee mugs and favourite photos that adorn our desks and started the pilgrimage to the Berrimah site which would be our new work-home.

Donning the new costume of face masks and armed with even more new and inventive ways to sanitise the word around us, we fronted up - unsure of what the week, fortnight, and month in advance might look like.

It wasn't long before opportunities that were both appealing and creative, started to present.
They gave us the chance to work alongside other services that are meeting needs in our communities in unique and exciting ways.
One of those opportunity saw us align with Orange Sky; a mobile operation providing laundry, showers and conversations to people experiencing homelessness and hardship.

Upon meeting the volunteers, that give of their time to ensure those in the Greater Darwin region have the opportunity to access a washing machine, dryer, and if need be a shower, it was apparent from the outset that the people associated with Orange Sky were some of the most big-hearted, kind, and selfless group of volunteers one could hope to meet.

Learning from each volunteer their motivation for helping those in need and hearing of their commitment to the Orange Sky initiative was inspiring.
Each volunteer shared their stories and they were as unique and diverse as they were individuals.
From retired professionals giving back a little through to younger Darwinite’s just keen to help out while they had some time on their hands, one thing was overarching in all of their stories; they believed that what they are doing through Orange Sky is important.

Not one of them spoke of their own agenda or selflessness. The volunteers at Orange Sky were solely about the people they meet in their volunteering journey and the connections they build with the lost, the last and the least of our community.  

We were there to help these people with their work – to connect with those that would use the service and to provide some specialist conversation skills that were expected to be heavier and messier than normal.
The reality however quickly became apparent. We weren’t there to help, we were there to work alongside and, for me to learn.

The heart of these people spoke a great deal, and it was a rare opportunity in the middle of a work day to drink deeply from the wisdom of others.

This was indeed the highlight, and I left feeling in my own heart what I believe the people that utilise the Orange Sky service feel connected, grounded, and just a little restored.

Neil Gray
CatholicCare NT
Family and Community Case Worker - Malak.

2021 Young Australian of the Year, Isobel Marshall

On Friday 11th June 2021, CatholicCare NT had the great privilege of hosting Social Entrepreur Isobel Marshall [far right], the 2021 Young Australia of the Year, who was joined by her business partner Eloise Hall [left].

They spoke to us about the stigma surrounding period poverty and how their company TABOO is addressing some of the issues.

Their presentation was inspiring, energetic, positive, visionary, steeped in the ethics of ecology, sustainability and working for the greater and common good.

In late 2017, at just 18 years of age and, upon graduating from high school, Isobel co-founded TABOO with school friend Eloise to help women around the world by breaking down stigma around menstruation and providing greater access to hygiene products.

This social enterprise exists to sell organic cotton pads and tampons to those people in Australia who experience period poverty with all profits dedicated to ensuring that all women around the world have access to sustainable sanitary health care and education.

They crowdfunded $56,000 to launch their range of products in August 2019.

TABOO sells high quality, ethically sourced, organic cotton pads and tampons to an Australian market, with 100 per cent of net profits going to One Girl – a charity providing education programs for girls and women in Sierra Leone and Uganda.

Locally, Isobel and Eloise and TABOO have partnered with Vinnies Women’s Crisis Centre, providing free access to pads and tampons for women who require emergency accommodation in South Australia.

Recognising period poverty is not just a big city issue.

They also support the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council.

Since beginning, the TABOO team has flourished into an amazing family of volunteers who each share a mutual passion for fighting period poverty.

Isobel is also a full-time student at the University of Adelaide, where she is studying a Bachelor of Medicine (MBBS) and a Bachelor of Surgery.

The staff from CatholicCare NT and, those who joined us from the Catholic Education Office, were very appreciative and amazed at the wonderful work that these young women have started to address such a huge issue not only within the Australian society but throughout the world.  It has given us great food for thought as to how we too may engage with TABOO in some of the work that we currently do in our work in Social Services and Education.

Sr. Leone, on behalf of CatholicCare NT, congratulated Isobel on becoming a very worthy recipient of the Young Australian of the Year. She thanked both herself and Eloise for their inspiring presentation and for the wonderful work they are doing for women’s health not only in our Australian society, but for also having the vision to reach out to other countries less fortunate than ours.

Sr. Leone Wittmack rsc - General Manager, Mission and Culture

Eloise Hall [left] and Isobel Marshall [right] being thanked by
Sr. Leone Wittmack.

By all accounts the first school holiday program delivered by CatholicCare NT [CCNT] for the Tiwi Islands Sports Program was deemed a success.

While there are always teething challenges, and pressure on all services including police due to COVID, there was an extremely high engagement from the children and service providers.

Many commented that it was the best school holiday program that has ever been seen in Wurrimiyanga.

A huge shout out has to go to Shane Kerinaiua (NO MORE) and Jester Cabote (Financial Wellbeing and Capability) who found themselves the only staff on the ground for the first week due to COVID.

Shane and Jester pulled off the win of the year by making sure programs got delivered everyday.

Highlights include police reporting that there was only one youth related property crime reported during the holiday period, and this occurred the day before the program began.
The support from the Tiwi Islands Employment Board [TITEB] Remote Schools Attendance Scheme [RSAS] team was outstanding.

Red Cross supplied their BBQ trailer, and local police attended when available, including Benjamin Higgins (A/OIC) running the boat rides on his day off.

The contributions of the two shops and the club for food security during the program were essential, with participants being well fed and hydrated due to the generosity of all.

The program included many different activities including:
   > Soccer;
   > Boxing;
   > Fishing;
   > AFL 9s;
   > 3 x 3 Basketball Hustle;
   > Movie night;
   > Water activities and;
   > Police boat rides.

Narelle Gosstray
Violence Prevention Manager
CatholicCare NT staff enjoyed the 2021 NAIDOC BALL celebrations.
They are pictured with the Darwin NAIDOC 2021 ‘Elder of the Year’
and Larrakia traditional owner, Richard Fejo
[back row, 4th from right]
CatholicCare NT were once again proud sponsors of the NAIDOC Ball, held on Saturday 17 July at the Darwin Convention Centre.

The ‘Artist of the Year' NAIDOC award, was presented to Naomy Briston by Phil Brown, CatholicCare NT General Manager Workforce and Partnerships.

CatholicCare NT upholds the 2021 NAIDOC theme - 'Heal The Country' and continues its work to recognise, protect and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.  We congratulate all NAIDOC Award winners. 
Lara Tonkin
EA to Director
L to R: Remote Aged Care advocates Meredith Graham and Anne Maree Walker
CatholicCare NT has been delivering the National Aged Care Advocacy Program [NACAP] in Central Australia since 2017.

The NACAP program provides advocacy and information to older people who are experiencing issues or concerns with the care they are receiving.

NACAP also provides Education both to older people on the Charter of Aged Care Rights as well as to Aged Care providers on their responsibilities to meet the Aged Care Quality Standards.

The Aged Care advocacy team in the Alice Springs office, has grown to comprise one town based and two remote delivery advocates.

Town based Belinda Staniforth, services Alice Springs Urban and the three Alice Springs residential aged care facilities and, Meredith Graham and Anne Maree Walker, service the Central Australian remote communities.

In late 2020, the remote delivery side of the program was introduced in the hope that all older people in Central Australian remote communities would all be able to receive access to an Aged Care advocate.

Elder abuse awareness, advocacy and education continues to be a major focus with older people experiencing financial, physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and social abuse/neglect.

Chemical restraints and sexual abuse within the residential aged care facilities also requires constant monitoring.
Other needs are end stage palliative Elders being returned back to country so they are able to pass away with their family and friends on country.

This was made possible recently for an Elder from Hamilton Downs.

Some Elders are still not receiving services at all due to a lack of awareness and the language barrier.

After a long advocacy campaign within the residential aged care facilities in Alice Springs, residents from Flynn Lodge are finally able to eat their traditional food, and enjoyed Kangaroo tail and a meal cooked over the open fire in camp ovens.

In June this year, CatholicCare NT Aged Care Advocacy was able to partner with:
> Relationships Australia;
> Council on the Ageing Northern Territory
> Central Australian Women's Legal Service [CAWLS] and the;
> Alice Springs Town Council;
in promoting World Elder Abuse Awareness Day with an advertisement campaign run on Imparja TV and, with banners that flew from numerous locations across Alice Springs.

As part of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, aged care advocates also travelled to Ti Tree to deliver Elder abuse information and education in conjunction with the community, the local Aged Care Centre and, the Northern Territory Police.
CatholicCare NT
National Aged Care Advocacy Program
Central Australia
The challenge is for all Australians to stand up and say NO MORE to domestic and family violence.  We need everyone to get involved.  That's why we link arms to show a united stand against domestic and family violence and that together, we can make a difference.       Charlie King AM, NO MORE Founder


Over 2600 people attended the 2nd Deadly Cup Rugby League Carnival at the NRLNT Stadium in Darwin on Sunday 18th July as part of a community celebration of Indigenous peoples and their culture, connecting families with services to promote health and wellbeing.

Fourteen teams competed in age groups ranging from U14 to the Open Division. The NO MORE Spirit of the Game awards were presented in each of the games.

Ellie Niki took out the award in the Open women's and although her Indigenous team went down 20-12 in the final, her coach Ronnie Mareko was proud of their efforts and praised both teams for the spirit they played in.

Both the Indigenous team and the NT women's team linked arms after the match.

Hodrick Mudu was awarded the NO MORE Spirit of the Game medal for his performance when he came off the bench in his NT Indigenous team's win over the NT side at the Deadly Cup Rugby League Carnival.

He was presented the medal by Pilar Cubillo, the Senior Program Manager Health, at the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.
Above left: Charlie King AM, NO MORE Founder, Jayne Lloyd, CatholicCare NT Director and, Shaun Tatipata, the Deadly Cup Rugby League Carnival organiser, stand together as one under the NO MORE flag at NRLNT Stadium, Darwin.

Above right: Jack Crawley was awarded the NO MORE Spirit of the Game award for his performance in the U18 boys final at the Deadly Cup Rugby League Carnival.
Charlie King was able to put up NO MORE signs at the two entrances to the Royal Darwin Show which, over the three days, had an estimated attendance of 55,000.

A NO MORE pop-up banner was also put up at the Celebrity Cake Baking event at which Charlie was the Master of Ceremonies [MC].
The above group, pictured with Charlie King AM [back row on the left], participated in the 10th Spear Throwing competition at the Darwin Show.

Larrakia elder Rocque Lee [front row far right], won the event and said he was proud to see youngsters given the opportunity to learn the art of spear throwing.

They are all supporters of
NO MORE violence.
Left - R:  Brigadier Ashley Collingburn, Wing Commander Andrew Anthony,
               Lieutenant Ned Sparks and, US Marines Colonel Dave Banning.

High level military personnel attended the 2021 Darwin Show representing the Army, the Navy and the Air force as well as the US Marines. They were all happy to link arms to show their support for what NO MORE stands for.

They were interested to hear about  the origin of NO MORE and the work it is doing.
The Nightcliff Football Club men's team who competed in the AFI [Australian Football International] Darwin 9s men's division, joined with Charlie King AM, to say NO MORE to Family Violence.
Charlie King worked with Brian Clarke, CEO, Australian Football International, to have the Darwin 9s played in Darwin on Saturday 7 August 2021 at Rugby Park.

NO MORE was the naming rights sponsor of the event.

Two divisions made up of 4-women's teams and 4-men's teams, each played for the divisional NO MORE Cup
A Domestic Violence Action Plan was completed by all teams as part of their registration.

NO MORE staff provided each team with an awareness session.

The Darwin 9s was played by teams of 9-players on a rectangular field with rugby goal posts and rules similar to Australian Rules Football.
The long term aim is to have the 9s played internationally knowing that most countries have rectangular playing fields. 

Darwin 'Buffettes' defeated Pint to win the women's division grand final.

Nightcliff 'Tigers' defeating 'Saints' to win the men's division grand final.
A Domestic Violence Action Plan was completed by all teams as part of their registration.

NO MORE staff provided each team with an awareness session.

The 9s was played by teams of 9-players on a rectangular field with rugby goal posts and rules similar to Australian Rules Football.
The long term aim is to have the 9s played internationally knowing that most countries have rectangular playing fields. 

Darwin 'Buffettes' defeated Pint to win the women's division grand final.

Nightcliff 'Tigers' defeating 'Saints' to win the men's division grand final.
[Left] Roland Houareau, General Manager, INPEX with Charlie King AM [right], presented the grand final NO MORE Cup to the Darwin Buffettes, AFI Darwin 9s women's division winners.
Marcus Rosas [2-left] NO MORE Worker with Charlie King AM [right], presented a best player medallion and a NO MORE 'Spirit of the Game' award at the end of the AFI Darwin 9s men's division grand final.
Left: Penny Kellaway joined Taminmin College Principal Sue Heath in front of the NO MORE banner holding NO MORE pannikins to show their support.

Right: Taminmin College students completing the
NO MORE Survey
NO MORE was invited to set up a stall at Taminmin College on 27 July to remind students from year 10 and over about respectful relationships.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Officer Penny Kellaway assisted
NO MORE to set up a stall in the lunch room.

Forty students visited the stall and filled in the
NO MORE survey and had robust discussions about the issue.
It was heartening to hear one of the female students say to a male student who kept talking over her, 'are you being respectful'.

A follow up visit to run a longer session with STARS and CLONTARF students will be locked in.

Charlie King AM
NO MORE Founder
Left: Taminmin College Principal Sue Heath with NO MORE Founder Charlie King linking arms in support of NO MORE.

Right: Josie Bidner (STARS), Melissa Tips (CSIRO) and Sue Heath (Principal) show their support for the NO MORE Campaign
NO MORE was invited to attend the 'Heal The Country' NAIDOC week event at Football NT's Darwin Football Stadium on 21 July, 2021.

Over 600 people attended the event to watch a women's match between the NT Yapas and the NT Desert Roses and, a men's match between the NT Wha Whas and the Northern Territory Northern Knights.

NO MORE did a dressing room talk about NO MORE violence program and playing in the 'Spirit of the Game' to each of the 4-teams before they played
There were 40 women and 38 men making up the teams.

Football Federation NT CEO Bruce Stalder, arranged the sessions and spoke to the teams about the importance of the NO MORE message.

NITV showed the matches with over 4000 people across Australia watching the 'Heal The Country' event matches.

NO MORE signage was placed behind the goals and at the entrance to the stadium.
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