During National Reconciliation Week, Mission Australia social enterprise Charcoal Lane hosted the Fitzroy Reconciliation Breakfast.
 
The event was a fundraiser for the Smith Street Dreaming concert, which celebrates of the richness of Koori culture and attempts to build better relationships with the community on and around Smith Street as part of the local Leaps and Bounds festival in late July.
 
Around 60 community and business leaders attended the breakfast at which former Olympian Kyle Van Der Kuyp (pictured, left) was the key note speaker.
 
Kyle spoke about the importance of reconciliation for the Australian people.
 
He touched on what it means to be aware of your ancestry, and how that can help you recognise and appreciate who you are and where you have come from.
 
He said once he learned about his heritage, from Aboriginal tribes in both north and southern New South Wales, it gave him a sense of pride and inspired him to believe in himself, and strive to achieve his goals.
 
Mission Australia dignitaries included State Director (VIC/SA) Kylee Bates, pictured above.
 
A live auction took place featuring ‘The Late Blossoming of Jack Charles’, by award-winning artist Rod McNichol.
 
Rod kindly donated the piece which sold above the reserve price for $3,600. Additional items including a two-course meal at Charcoal Lane and a full indulgence High Tea at Mamor Chocolates were also successfully auctioned off, with the event raising over $5,000 for the Smith Street Dreaming Concert.
 
This event was a wonderful opportunity for Charcoal Lane to be a part of National Reconciliation Week as one of the pillars of the local community.