Hi, My name is Cindy Manfong and I’m from Katherine NT. My father’s tribe is Mangarayi and my mother’s tribe is Jingili/Mudburra.
I just moved to Sydney around late February to work with the ILF team as the Program Coordinator. Before this role, I worked as an Indigenous Education Worker at St Joseph’s Catholic College in Katherine. My job there was to help encourage our Indigenous students to class to increase attendance.
In those few months I have learnt so much about our Foundation and being in this role has opened my eyes to so many experiences. What I love about this job is getting to travel to so many different communities and just helping out with children and adults involved with our programs. I love seeing how books and gifts really bring a smile to their faces when we do visit them.
I have also met so many incredible people along my journey and have embraced every moment since I’ve started in this position. The communities I have visited so far are Tiwi Islands, Warburton, Tjuntjuntjara, Barunga for their festival and we have another field trip coming up soon which is to the APY Lands with ILF program manager, Tina Raye.
Image: Cindy (right) with her mother and ILF Ambassador, Justine Clarke at Barunga Festival this year.