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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.....