IN SUPPORT: Some of the Jinderellas show off their new banner in Grafton.
IN SUPPORT: Some of the Jinderellas show off their new banner in Grafton. Debrah Novak

Djinders all set to help Close the Gap

A GROUP of 20 North Coast Aboriginal women, known as the Djinders, have a goal to attend the National Closing the Gap Conference in Canberra this month, and they need your help to get there.

Representing 13 clans from the region, including the Yaegl, Gumbangirr and Bundjalung nations, the women's group pushes for the creation of more safe places for domestic violence victims and their children in the region at a grass-roots level, as well as educating young children so the issue can be stamped out in the future. Co-organiser and Grafton woman Rachael Cavanagh said they were invited to Parliament House for the important conference by Senator Deborah O'Neill at the National Aboriginal Women's Summit.

She said they were hoping to arrive in Canberra on March 14 and spend two days meeting with the heads of various government organisations to discuss their "recommendations as community women" before the conference begins on March 17.

The catch is it will take at least another $2000 for them to get there.

To help pay their way, a gofundme page called Djinders Canberra Trip has been set up, and proceeds from a trivia quiz fundraiser last week and a barbecue fundraiser at the Good Intent Hotel in South Grafton on March 5 are also expected to help fund the trip.

"If anyone wants to help, we're auspiced by Grafton Ngerrie Lands Council so some people have been giving money there," Ms Cavanagh said.

"I'll get excited once we're all on the bus."

For more information on the fundraisers or the Djinders, phone Rachel Cavanagh on 0408 731 087.



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