NAIDOC celebrations are held around Australia in July each year to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. All schools have celebrations and events planned – this year’s theme was Honouring Our Elders, Nurturing Our Youth.
Our school had a ‘doing things together’ day planned for the Thursday. The kids were encouraged to dress in Red/Yellow/Black clothing to represent the colours on the Aboriginal flag. That bit was easy, black skinny jeans, red raben shoes, yellow’n’red hoodie & a red vest… sorted (although we really should have sent Mac to school upside down in his chair as his colour scheme was the wrong way round for the flag).
However, while Mac’s wheelchair wheel covers are very cool – they represent the SIOUX indian tribe. It seemed odd to have indigenous north american symbolism on his wheels during NAIDOC week.
The solution… new temporary wheel covers.
Dad and Pa were tasked with undertaking the transformation (I was away in Sydney) – they did a great job. We had found Aboriginal Art wrapping paper which was then cut and covered in clear contact and attached to the wheels.
A huge success – apparently lots of the kids wished “they could have a wheelchair too so they could change the wheels”… ah, funny what you think is desirable when you are a kid.
We have retained the covers for the time being – they do look good. I am sure I will be told by Mac’s peers when it is time for a change.