Aboriginal Elder and driving force behind the Junbung Youth Centre, Casinos Aunty Nora Caldwell, was presented with a special Local Heroes award at the opening last Friday.
Nora, who has nine children, 25 grandchildren and five great grandchildren, has often welcomed Casino teenagers into her own home for a feed, a shower and a bit of love.
A vocal supporter of the youth centre, Nora immediately donated the $5000 that comes with the award back into the project, which enabled the centre to purchase a pool table, a computer, a fridge, two TVs, a stereo and various other things for young people to enjoy.
This was my dream and it came true, said Nora at the opening. Its so wonderful that its hard to describe how I feel. This will get kids off the street and into a safe place... and we really want to see parents come and get involved.
Joanne Petrovic from Richmond Valley Council said without Nora there would be no youth centre.
Shes chair of the Junbung Aboriginal Elders Corporation, so shes done everything from signing the cheques to keeping people in order at the youth centre, Joanne said. Aunty Noras passion in life has and always will be kids. I dont think we could have survived without her.
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