Take the Plunge

Ed, I would like to congratulate everyone who has been involved in the Clarence Valley Plunge Festival, I so far have attended six events and I have come away from each event, feeling very pleased that I had attended them. I had a double feel good experience yesterday (Saturday 16th) when I attended ‘Welcome to Goorie Culture‘ at the Aboriginal Healing Centre in Grafton. There were lots of original works on display, healing native plants to purchase, natural skin products made from native plants and three very talented musicians who entertained us throughout the day. The highlight of my day was when all women were invited to take part in the clearing ceremony, It was such a privilege to be part of this ceremony and to share it with the indigenous women of this land. I have definitely put NAIDOC week in my diary to learn more about this proud and ancient culture. My second event was the ‘Secret Garden’ at the Leche Café in Yamba. This event was a fund raiser to support ‘Surfing the Coldstream Festival ‘ (October 16th) the weather was perfect for a garden event. Our hosts provided us with a great preview of the quality of music that we can look forward to at ‘Surfing the Coldstream Festival’. We also had an opportunity take part in a quiz to celebrate ‘Citizens Science day’ and to sample South American cuisine yum! It was a great evening very well put together and a great taster of what to expect in October. The Plunge Festival finishes April 26th which means lots more events to still enjoy. Thanks again to all the people who have made this Festival happen. Ilma Hynson, Wooloweyah