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HAPPY TIMES: Venezia Solomon, Tammy Johnson, Shana Lazer, Hannah Hamilton and Talisah Noter and Jaki Martin spreading the joy of Happy Day
HAPPY TIMES: Venezia Solomon, Tammy Johnson, Shana Lazer, Hannah Hamilton and Talisah Noter and Jaki Martin spreading the joy of Happy Day Daniel McKenzie

THE local Indigenous community banded together this morning in the Tweed for a free community event to spread the message of happiness during a challenging time.

Free Community Happy Day is in its second year and included a number of free and enjoyable activities, including musical performances, face painting, dancing, give away’s and raffles.

Happy Day organiser and local Indigenous community member, Hannah Hamilton, said the day was about bringing all together to promote joy and happiness.

“There’s been a lot of sadness with the loss of community members,” Mrs Hamilton said.

“So we wanted everyone to come and enjoy themselves and have fun while letting their hair down and being happy.”

Levi Nolan (1) Ernie Williams, Kody Huntley (4), Evie Nolan (6), Sharleeta Vale (4) enjoy themselves at the Free Community Happy Day at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre.
Levi Nolan (1) Ernie Williams, Kody Huntley (4), Evie Nolan (6), Sharleeta Vale (4) enjoy themselves at the Free Community Happy Day at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre. PHOTO SCOTT POWICK DAILY NEWS

Mrs Hamilton and organisers created flyers for the event and put word out into the community for donations and awareness to make the event possible.

Fellow organiser Venezia Solomon, from the Local Indigenous Women’s Group said that in current times, people needed to be reminded of the positives in life.

“Last year went so well and we wanted to bring it back for a second year and remind people how to be happy,” Mrs Solomon said.

As part of the fun, people were encouraged to get involved and show off any hidden talents they may have and there was also a ball pit and face painting for the kids.

Happy Day ran from 10.00am - 2.00pm at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre with a large turnout of all-ages.

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