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Adelaide Hills, the Riverland and the Fleurieu Peninsula, highlighting this year’s theme, ‘The Impact of Problem Gambling on Partners, Family and Friends’. Sorry Day 26 May 2017 Aboriginal Youth Expo 22 June 2017 Colour of Time National Launch 11 August 2017 Relationships Australia SA staff attended the first ever Aboriginal Health Council Youth Expo, organised by the Puyu Blasters team and the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia. Our Post Adoption Support Services hosted the launch event for ‘The Colour of Time - A Longitudinal Exploration of the Impact of Intercountry Adoption in Australia’ organised by Inter Country Adoptee Voices (ICAV). About 75 people from the adoption community attended this event and had an opportunity to hear the heartfelt stories by the South Australian authors. For the third time, the annual Sorry Day event in the Adelaide’s northern metropolitan region took place at the Stolen Generation Memorial and Healing Garden, Stebonheath Park, Andrews Farm and attracted 1315 people, a record number of attendees. Bringing together the community, schools, elders and Relationship SA staff, the event featured festivities, entertainment, activities and a community lunch afterwards at the John McVeity Centre. NAIDOC Week Riverland 2-9 July 2017 9th Anniversary of the State Apology to Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants 16 June 2017 Adopted Book Launch 14 July 2017 Elm Place clients gathered to commemorate the 9th Anniversary of the State Apology and share lunch together. Several community members made speeches and there was a photo booth set up for everyone to enjoy. NAIDOC Week in the Riverland was celebrated with a number of events in which Relationships Australia SA staff took part. These included a service and community lunch at Gerard, the annual NAIDOC Week March and Awards Ceremony in Berri, emceed by Relationships Australia SA staff member Mike Harris, and the Family Fun Day at the Berri Oval. Our Forced Adoption Support Service was pleased to host the launch of the book Adopted written by Diana Dunning, Sofie Gregory, Rebecca Johnston and Melinda Rackham. Adopted gives a rich and powerful insight into the impact adoption can have on adoptees. The book was officially launched by Ms Nat Cook MP on behalf of the Hon. Susan Close MP, Minister for Education and Child Development and is published by IdentityRites, an adoptee advocacy and peer support group in South Australia. Copies are available through our Hindmarsh office. Just come back from Sorry Day at the Healing garden then walk to John Hartley school for a ceremonial walk from all the students. What a spiritual time that was - as a Stolen Generation Survivor, it touched me in so many ways as we walked and their song echoed. The students waved to us with their art work hands as we passed each class. I felt honoured and privileged for acknowledging us and Sorry Day. God Bless you all, I will treasure this for years to come. A great day . Louise Rankine, Stolen Generation Survivor Individual, Family and Community Wellbeing | Relationships Australia SA Annual Report 2016 -2017 27