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Spirit of reconciliation alive and well

THE spirit of reconciliation was celebrated in style in Coffs Harbour yesterday with the annual friendship walk and barbecue.

As many as 400 people took part in the traditional walk from Park Beach Reserve to the Jetty Foreshores for lunch and festivities, which served as a forerunner to National Reconciliation Week.

Coffs Harbour Local Reconciliation Group co-convenor, Ken Craig, was thrilled with yesterday's response.

"I think having all the elders come along was terrific. They really enjoyed the day," Mr Craig said.

"This was in the true spirit of reconciliation."

The other co-convenor, Margaret Bruggisser, was also delighted with the turnout.

"We have a solid core of people who come along each year, and we're building on friendships in the community year by year," she said.

"It's a special year because people are celebrating the fact that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said sorry to the Stolen Generations.

"People are wanting to continue that feeling and move things forward."

Coffs Harbour Education Campus will remember Sorry Day today with a host of activities including a flag-raising ceremony at 12.30pm, a welcome to country and continuing the 'placement of hands' on the campus banner.

Residents are encouraged to join the National Reconciliation Week activities throughout the Coffs Coast.


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