Celebrating 60,000 years of human history
Activities held at Pearl Beach on Australia Day, January 26, have celebrated the 60,000-year human history of the continent and raised $1650 for the Mingeletta Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation in Umina.
The activities were organised by the Pearl Beach Aboriginal History Group and the Pearl Beach Progress Association, with proceeds going to Mingaletta for the fourth year.
History Group organiser Ms Peggy Todd said 20 families entered the sand sculpture competition this year.
Other competitions included the Aussie Beach best-dressed family or group, thong throwing and coo-ee calling.
"Volunteers toiled from 6am to prepare a Covid-safe environment," she said.
"Pearl Beach loves an inclusive community event and everyone, including the barbecue crew, worked hard for Mingaletta."
She said proceeds from the day would be presented to Mingaletta's Auntie Dianne Edwards to help fund the group's activities and programs.
Progress association president Mr Russell Grove said Mingaletta was "a great initiative worthy of our support", providing a range of activities, including health, welfare and educational programs.
He said lamingtons and watermelon, "traditional Australian treats", were also available for sale to raise funds for the Salvation Army.
A competition to guess how many Australian-invented Minties and Fantales there were in the large jar was also held.
He said the progress association had organised activities on Australia Day for many years.
"This year was no different except for the restrictions and procedures in place as a result of Covid-19.
"It was a great morning of fun and laughter bringing enjoyment to all who participated."
Media release, 2 Feb 2021
Peggy Todd, Pearl Beach Aboriginal History Group
Website, 1 Feb 2021
Russell Grove, Pearl Beach Progress Association