A spectacular afternoon of dance, music and culture was had at the Whyalla Hospital on Tuesday, with the community turning up to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019.
Former Adelaide Crows players Tony Modra and Troy Bond were joined by former Port Adelaide and Fremantle player Danyle Pearce on the day, signing autographs and getting photos with locals.
Yolanda Croft gave the welcome to country to kick off the event before handing things over to the Dusty Feet Mob who gave an inspired performance of several songs, including "My Island Home", "Amazing Grace" and "Took the Children Away".
The Port Augusta dancers capped their show with a performance of "I Am Australian", with those in the crowd joining in the song and dance.
Then staff awards were presented by recently-appointed Chair of the Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network Bevan Francis and Regional Director of Nursing Angela McLaughlin to those Whyalla Hospital workers who had gone the extra mile for their patients.
A BBQ lunch was then served with sausages, salads, yoghurt and soft drink to keep the crowd fed and happy.
Flinders and Upper North LHN Aboriginal Health Director Glenise Coulthard said the NAIDOC Community Day was an event the hospital always looked forward to hosting each year.
"We celebrate Aboriginal culture every day but this gives us an opportunity to really showcase it. We get to celebrate what Australia is and what it can become," she said.
Ms Coulthard said the Dusty Feet Mob's performance was an example of the community coming together to celebrate Australian culture.
"It shows young children that they can express themselves through song and dance," she said.
"The NAIDOC theme this year of Voice, Truth and Treaty is about expressing yourself through different mediums, whether its art, speech or music."
Attendees were invited to write how they interpreted the theme on a white board and were encouraged to use their own language.
"We wanted the community to express what the theme means to them individually, there's no right or wrong answer...it's also an opportunity to keep language alive," Ms Coulthard said.
Mr Modra, who brought his wife Erica and children Hayley and Luke with him for the trip to Whyalla, said he loved coming down to the steel city to celebrate NAIDOC Week.
"I enjoyed the opportunity to visit the hospital and the different wards to say hello to all the supporters - there was some good banter around the Showdown, which unfortunately didn't roll our way this time," he said.
"We're planning to have a look around Whyalla today and then we'll be heading to Port Augusta tomorrow."