I’m Black Bold and Beautiful, I have the proof.
Black Bold and Beautiful is a women’s lunch held every year to celebrate Indigenous women in the greater Brisbane area. It’s a great day, with wonderful speakers, all women who talk about what they have done, what they have faced and how they keep going.
Part of the event is a calendar, the women on the calendar are voted by the Community, they chose who they think are brilliant women, who are out there working tirelessly without waiting for a thank you. These are not the highfalutin women, the ones that are always appearing in the media, these the the local heroes the women who are working at grassroots level.
I am honored and humbled to be the first woman to be in two calendars. I was nominated for doing the unpaid work that I do, things like this blog, giving Indigenous people a voice to share their story. I help my people by linking them with organisations, helping people around the country. I have been blessed that other people have joined me and I can call on others to help someone on their cancer journey to find services.
I started doing what I was doing, because nobody is there to help Indigenous people. Things are slowly changing in some places, but we are still left out of the equation. We have to turn to each other to help each other. I am doing a job that should be paid for, the role that I have as confidante, I help families access food, help with electricity bills, find ways that they can help pay their medical bills.
I am as I said, both honored and humbled that my Community see what I do as important.
The calendar is filled with 12 wonderful women. I will mention some of them over the next few weeks