GetUp’s Executive Director Brett Solomon reflects upon Monday’s candle ceremony.
Laid out before the most powerful institution in the country, the Australian Parliament, 4000 candles flickered spelling out the words ‘Sorry, the first step’.
Over fifty GetUp members in Canberra spent the day laying out the candles on the 60m x 80m lawn. Hard work on a hot day, but as new volunteers arrived with fresh enthusiasm, we managed to prepare the site in time for sunset.
The first candle was lit by Lorna Fejo, a Warumungu woman and member of the Stolen Generations who was taken from her family at 4 years old. As she lit the candle she said, ‘A big relief…at least I’m alive to hear it, I’m one of the lucky ones’.