Birkenhead terminal supports Zebra Finch Aboriginal Men's Group

Supporting the activities of elderly or disabled Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander men in Adelaide.

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Birkenhead terminal supports Zebra Finch Aboriginal Men's Group
The team at Birkenhead Terminal are proud to be supporting Kura Yerlo Inc., a not-for-profit Aboriginal owned and controlled community organisation based in Port Adelaide, focused on walking together for a strong culture and sustainable future.

Kura Yerlo operate the nearby Zebra Finch Aboriginal Men’s Group whose members include Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander men who are Elders of the community, that hand down cultural knowledge to young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander men with low to moderate disability, with the main aim of keeping Aboriginal practices of artefact making and storytelling alive and well.

“Older men can make a valuable contribution to their communities by passing down skills and knowledge to younger generations, helping to maintain culture and promoting a sense of reconciliation,” said Kym Wills, Zebra Finch Aboriginal Men’s Group Program Officer.

“The Zebra Finch Aboriginal Men’s Group provides its members with opportunities to make social connections and contribute to their communities while participating in cultural art and craft, artefact making and training activities in a culturally safe environment which promotes engagement.

“There is also a large focus on supporting members to mentor young people to strengthen cultural identity and awareness in both the schools and the community,” Kym said.

The Zebra Finch Aboriginal Men’s Group is a member of the Australian Men’s Shed Association who Mobil has supported in recent years.

Mobil’s contribution will enable Kura Yerlo to purchase a new band saw for the group’s woodworking activities, which include the manufacture of cultural artefacts, particularly slicing wood for making boomerangs.

“Men’s Sheds play a very important role in supporting the health and wellbeing of their members, the families of their members and the broader communities that they live in,” said Birkenhead Terminal Manager David Barker.

“I am very pleased that we’ve been able to provide some resources to support the woodworking activities of the group so that they can continue to manufacture artefacts that contribute to the maintenance and celebration of Aboriginal culture in our community.”

Mobil’s contribution will enable Kura Yerlo to purchase a new band saw for the group’s woodworking activities, which include the manufacture of cultural artefacts, particularly slicing wood for making boomerangs.