Relaxed fit Heavy weight, 350 GSM 100% Cotton French Terry Pullover hood, raglan sleeves, kangaroo pocket, metal tipped tonal drawcord Hem and sleeve 2x2 ribbing, un-lined hood Cover stitching on seams, preshrunk to minimise shrinkage Embroiled on Wurundjeri Country Ethically produced
Trigger Warning: suicide
On Wednesday morning, we lost another young warrior to suicide. A Yorta Yorta warrior. Another young warrior suffering in silence. Not feeling strong enough to yarn up, to reach out. Matt, I hope you’re at peace now, in the dreaming with our Ancestors, yarning up with our Old People.
Suicide dogs our mob all over these lands. It takes our men and women; boys and girls; young and old. It doesn’t discriminate. In Victoria, it’s our young men who are hit hardest. Racism, trauma, disconnection from country, culture and kin all combine, with other socio-economic factors, to negatively impact on our social and emotional wellbeing.
We have decided to create a hoodie to remind those suffering in silence that, while your world may seem and feel dark and gloomy today, the sun will shine tomorrow. Dhadjowa Barparrik means “sunshine tomorrow” in Yorta Yorta language.
To utilise our platform, and to show support for our community and those tirelessly working in this space, we will be donating 35% of the profit from sales to Dardi Munwurro’s ‘Brother to Brother’ 24/7 Aboriginal men’s crisis line (1800 435 799). Another 35% will be donated to the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service’s (VAHS) 24/7 ‘Yarning Safe’N’Strong’ crisis line (1800 959 563) that supports all mob. The remaining 30% of the profits will be given to the James family to help give Matt the send off that he deserves.
Yamak (Cousin), you are loved. You are valued. You are cherished. And you will be missed. Your spirit will not; cannot die. Until we yarn again, I’ll remember and reflect on the good times.
Please remember that you are loved, valued, cherished. Hang in there, yarn up, and always keep in mind… Dhadjowa barparrik.