Hues of blue, yellow, pink and orange took over the foreshore on Monday for Port Augusta’s first NAIDOC Week colour run.
Starting at William Street on the back beach of Port Augusta, over 100 participants made their way to the east side jetty in celebration of strong Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
Throughout the course runners were reminded of inspiring female role models in their lives – the words ‘Because of Her, We Can’ written at both the start and finish line.
Umeewarra Aboriginal Media personality Dre Ngatokorua organised the event and was overwhelmed with the turn out.
“It’s something good for the whole community – not just the Aboriginal people – because we want non-Aboriginal people to feel like they’re part of NAIDOC as well,” he said.
“The colour run is such a good thing. It’s healthy, it’s fun and people can just get messy as well.”
The 2.5 kilometre journey was well supported by a range of community organisations including Davenport Community Council, The Salvation Army, headspace, St Johns Ambulance, Port Augusta Productions and Port Augusta City Council
Members of SAPOL revelled in the opportunity to throw colour over participants as they crossed through checkpoints.
Senior Community Constable Bradley Amos and Senior Community Constable Alex Janiak made sure nobody crossed the finish line before being completely doused in blue.
“SAPOL mob are getting pretty into it! They almost ran out of blue before we started,” Dre joked.
“It shows that the community is really about all celebrations here for NAIDOC which is really good.
“It’s a great location, you’ve got the sea and foreshore. It’s great as journey for people to take a break and just have a good time.”