This event was also attended by the former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd – (who made the original apology), Minister Jenny Macklin and other notable politicians and business leaders.
The event was MC’d by Jeff McMullen and all of the Stolen Generation members who attended said it was an emotional and wonderful occasion and the “best feeling” - to be acknowledged by so many luminaries.
Former Cootamundra Girls Home resident, Joanie Green wrote the poem that follows as a heartfelt thank you and as a demonstration of what the event meant to her. This is the second year of this event and let’s hope that it continues to be an annual event.
BEST BREKKY EVER
Poem by Joan Green, One of the Stolen Generations
© 11/2/11 (used with permission)
The cab arrived early on Friday morn
We waited with excitement in the early dawn
Nard & me off we went
To the best brekky we ever spent
We arrived at government house
Everyone was waiting as quiet as a mouse
We talked in a whisper to old & new friends.
There were ministers and businessmen
All done up to the nines
In their smart dressy suits
Just like mine!
We waited patiently for the governor to arrive
She was running late, and I was getting peeved.
My hunger for brekky was well overdue
Come on gov! My patience is wearing thin
Sitting at the posh brekky tables, sharing with ten
We were chatting with ministers & businessmen
They asked a few questions & we answered with ease.
Nard looked at me, you could tell she was pleased.
We spotted the ex Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd
I was so excited as I gave Nard a nudge
And there was Jeff McMullen the 60 Minutes man
I spoke to him later, what a gentleman
I said to Jeff ‘I feel like I’ve known you all my life”
He said, “Yeah, I know”, as we laughed with delight
After we ate, it was photo shoot time
I had my photo taken with Kevin Rudd
Then with Jeff McMullen and Marie Bashir the gov
I’ll remember this day for all time
The day we had brekky - it was so sublime!