• Terry Ring and Helen King with their daughter Grace Ring

    Terry Ring and Helen King with their daughter Grace Ring

  • Sofija Dimovski and George Bezos

    Sofija Dimovski and George Bezos

  • Christiane Lawin, Joanna Webber and Sibylle Gammelin

    Christiane Lawin, Joanna Webber and Sibylle Gammelin

  • Hannah Gobbett and Alicia Turner

    Hannah Gobbett and Alicia Turner

  • Nada Tjigilia Rawlins - Yimirri

    Nada Tjigilia Rawlins - Yimirri

  • Small canvases, part of a big picture

    Small canvases, part of a big picture

  • Ros and John Rogers

    Ros and John Rogers

  • Tooey and Simon Elliott

    Tooey and Simon Elliott

  • Ron and Elena Maginness with Michelle and Rodney Black

    Ron and Elena Maginness with Michelle and Rodney Black

  • Lesley Williams and Mick Gooda

    Lesley Williams and Mick Gooda

  • The Wiradjuri Echoes

    The Wiradjuri Echoes

  • Dr Cam Webber with Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove

    Dr Cam Webber with Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove

  • Frank Dal Bon from Morella Grove and his delicious olive oil.

    Frank Dal Bon from Morella Grove and his delicious olive oil.

  • The Autolyse bakery's stall

    The Autolyse bakery's stall

  • Vanessa Dawson and Daphne Dawson

    Vanessa Dawson and Daphne Dawson

  • A perfect place for a picnic

    A perfect place for a picnic

  • Curator Wally Caruana and Event Co-Ordinator Madeleine Nicol

    Curator Wally Caruana and Event Co-Ordinator Madeleine Nicol

  • Soelely Coneen and Mpho Banda

    Soelely Coneen and Mpho Banda

  • Paddy Japaljarri Sims' Yanjirlpirri Jukurrpa

    Paddy Japaljarri Sims' Yanjirlpirri Jukurrpa

  • Sonia Kurarra's Martuwarra

    Sonia Kurarra's Martuwarra

  • Wakartu Cory Surprise's Mimpi

    Wakartu Cory Surprise's Mimpi

  • Christine Napanangka Michael's Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa

    Christine Napanangka Michael's Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa

  • Timothy Cook's Kulama

    Timothy Cook's Kulama

  • Graham Cassells and Kath Finn

    Graham Cassells and Kath Finn

  • Colette and John Mackay.

    Colette and John Mackay.

  • Jenny Gobson and Gloria Grady

    Jenny Gobson and Gloria Grady

Sunday Dreaming @ Government House

3 May 2015

Sunday Dreaming sounds like the perfect opportunity to langorously drape yourself on a couch,  in a hammock, sunning on a beach or in bed surrounded by the paraphernalia of a Sunday indulgence.

It wasn’t; but this Dreaming was an opportunity to take that Sunday laziness to the beautiful backyard of Government House Yarralumla, indulge in superb food from a variety of stall holders, drink perfect coffee or maybe wine and spend a little or a lot for a very good cause. It was perfect. The weather, the atmosphere and the environment ideal for this fundraiser for The National Centre for Indigenous Genomics at ANU, and the event a continuing of the efforts to close the gap on indigenous health started by the Canberra Medical Society in 2002 that has seen mammogram screening in the Tiwi Islands, cataract surgery in Yuendumu with the artist Liddy Napanangka Walker’s work post-cataract featured in the art auction, ear surgery and dialysis support.

And for those of us with little knowledge of the difference between genomes and garden gnomes it was the Chair of the Governance Board, Mick Gooda, who explained the purpose and intent of the project that will manage the large collection of biological samples obtained from Aboriginal people held at the ANU.

The Chair of the Canberra Medial Society Indigenous Health Committee, Annabelle Pegrum and her team of suitably T-shirted Sunday Dreaming volunteers manned the stalls, sold raffle tickets, and attended to all those finer details that make this kind of event run smoothly. And while not all the magnificent large paintings were sold those that were went to very good homes. But the smaller to medium sized paintings, the Better World Arts collection sold well. And the food, the glorious food from Autolyse with heaven in a sourdough bun of shredded lamb, quinoa salad and caramelized onions followed by a small piece of brownie made a Sunday dreaming in this backyard a pleasure.

The Governor General Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove popped into their garden to wander the stalls  meet and greet, officially open the event and enjoy the company of this extraordinary group of fundraisers. The pleasures were actually ours too, this is my kind of Sunday.....