Aboriginal visitors welcomed to Yamba

By TOBY WALKER

YAMBA'S Ngaru Village this week welcomed Aboriginal visitors from around the country for a week-long pro- gram of celebratory church services. The annual gathering was originated by Yaegl elder Aunty Della Walker in the 1980s to bring Aboriginal people from all corners of Australia together for church services at Ngaru Community Centre twice a year. This year interstate visi- tors joined community mem- bers from around NSW for daily prayer meetings and special celebrations. A special Wednesday night tribute was arranged to hon- our the memory of Aunty Della, who passed away in

Tabulam last year. A respected elder of the Yaegl, Gumbaingerri and Bundjalung tribes, Aunty Del- la or Ma Walker, as she was affectionately known by some, was a spiritual leader to the hundreds of people she met in her travels through- out Australia. Her youngest sister, Lil- lian Williams nee Laurie, said it had been special meeting people whose lives had been touched by her sis- ter's guidance over the years. "They're such loving people, I've never met them, but they met her during her travels through Perth, Mildura and all over for the church," she said. The daily prayer services and church meetings will fin- ish this weekend.



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