Maxima’s Indigenous Program Manager – QLD, Laetika Smith, was invited to attend the Watarrka Foundation Sports and Storytelling Festival, held in the remote community of Lilla in early September. Located three and a half hours from Uluru, this year’s festival brought together children from the Watarrka, Imanpa, Areyonga and Fink Primary Schools for three action packed days of fun and activities. The festival was attended by the school students, aged seven to 13 years old, their teaching staff and elders from each community, with some travelling more than seven hours to participate.

An initiative of the Watarrka Foundation and supported by Westpac, the festival is designed to keep students engaged in school and sport. Activities included sports, riding ‘fat bikes’, arts and crafts, drama and storytelling by a local elder. Laetika reports that spirits were high and enthusiasm was not dampened by the two-day day dust storm that saw the safety glasses come out for protection.

“The kids turned up quite shy, hiding behind the buses, but it wasn’t long before they were forming friendships with each other and clinging to us volunteers.”

A big thanks to Laetika for representing Maxima; embracing the camping and long-drops, supporting the children and contributing to this worthwhile event.