Observed on 26 January each year, Australia Day is a day to celebrate all the things we love about Australia and being Australian; our sense of a fair go, our land, seas and unique wildlife, and the freedoms we all enjoy.

Australia Day is about acknowledging the contribution every Australian makes to our vibrant nation – this means everyone from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people who have been here for more than 65,000 years, to those who have lived here for many generations, to those who have migrated from all corners of the globe to call Australia home.

Three in four Australians believe Australia Day has a bigger meaning beyond just a day off work, and at PALS, we agree! That’s why we spent the week leading up to 26 January celebrating our wonderful country.

From Monday 22 January through to Thursday 25 January, our Cobram and Numurkah hubs held activities and events to commemorate Australia.

At our Cobram hub, participants took part in a cleanup at Thompsons Beach where we asked the question “how do we make Australia beautiful?”.

Numurkah participants had an awesome workshop where everyone had a go at making and painting wooden boomerangs.

Both hubs also had Aussie cooking activities, where participants tried their hands at making yummy Australian foods like Vegemite scrolls, lamingtons, pigs in blankets and pavlova.

And on the Thursday, everyone came together at Thompsons Beach for a Aussie bbq, a few rounds of cricket and good times for everyone. The weather was warm but nice, as is traditional Australian weather for this time of year, and perfect for a barbie.

Take a look at some photos via our Facebook page, and to learn more about what being Australian means to some of our PALS participants, head to our Instagram profile.

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