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Walking as one toward reconciliation

People from diverse backgrounds have taken part in a special event.

Community members of all ages recently gathered to participate in an important local Reconciliation event.

The annual Aunty Betty Memorial Reconciliation Walk, held at Dicky Beach, is an event that honours the memory and work of well-regarded elder, Aunty Betty McMahon.

Held during National Reconciliation Week (May 27 to June 3), the walk is an initiative of the Sunshine Coast Reconciliation Group Inc (SCRGI).

This year’s theme was: “Now more than ever”. Aunty Betty, who had been patron of SCRGI, is remembered as a woman of action – supporting and guiding young people and establishing and championing several community organisations.

SCRGI treasurer Naomi McQueen says she was thrilled with the large and diverse crowd that turned up on May 29. She is also praising the presence of local government representatives, saying it is positively contributing to the effort to strengthen reconciliation in the region.

“The enthusiastic response to join the Aunty Betty Memorial Reconciliation Walk that we have received from our recently elected Mayor and councillors demonstrates that the Sunshine Coast is committed to moving towards Reconciliation,” she says.

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