Port Macquarie will host the Elders Olympics next month, but the organising committee says it requires more marquees to ensure competitor and officials' safety.
The event is at Stuarts Park on April 11.
The Werin Aboriginal Elders team is organising the event under the auspicing body of Werin Aboriginal Corporation Medical Centre.
The local team won the right to host the popular event after claiming the 2018 event at Inverell.
Gloria O'Brien-Rudyk and Cindy O'Brien-Younie are the driving forces behind the Port Macquarie event.
"We have already received expressions of interest from 38 teams but we have to cap acceptances at 36 teams," Cindy said.
"That would mean about 540 competitors on the day but we are anticipating between 1000 to 1800 competitors, family and supporters at the venue on the day.
"There are still opportunities available for businesses and people to be involved. We really need donations of water, even one or two slabs would be appreciated.
"We are also desperately in need of more marquees and would love more businesses to help us out.
"The response so far has been a bit disappointing. The Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce has been fantastic in sending out information but we need more businesses to come on board," she said.
"This is not solely about the Aboriginal community. This event is about closing the gap and bringing the entire community together."
Cindy said the goal of the Elders Olympics was to promote inclusiveness.
The Elders Olympics features modified sporting competition and games designed to promote better health and wellbeing.
Events are undertaken at a walking pace.
The games include, quoits, shooting hoops, bean-bag throwing, pass the footy, hockey stick relay, softball toss, walking relay and egg and baton relay.
By attending this event these students will learn about, being part of community involvement, looking at the health and wellbeing of other people and fostering a connection with the Aboriginal community and culture.Cindy O'Brien-Younie
The organisers praised the response from schools within the Port Macquarie-Hastings area with students to act as volunteers on the day.
"These students will be acting as marshalls and scorers at each event. We will have about 18 students at each sporting station," Cindy said.
"Having the students involved was a real goal for the organising committee.
"By attending this event these students will learn about, being part of community involvement, looking at the health and wellbeing of other people and fostering a connection with the Aboriginal community and culture."
The day of competition includes a march where teams display their hand-made banners before Uncle Richard Dakker will perform a welcome to country.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, Werin, Panthers Port Macquarie, Port Macquarie Junior Sharks, Port Macquarie Indoor Stadium, Bundaleer Care Services, Kenny Little's Fruit and Veg, MacKillop College students and Wauchope Men's Shed have made significant contributions to the event.
A presentation dinner at Panthers will follow the end of competition.
Table sponsorships are still available.
Raffles of a signed 2014 South Sydney premiership football in a case, a Newcastle Knights supporters jersey, a hand-made wooden truck, trailer and tractor and two planter boxes are being raffled to help offset costs.
Raffle tickets are available each Thursday at Settlement City and IGA on Hastings Street, Wauchope from 10am and 1pm and Saturday from 10am until 1pm.
Sponsors or volunteers can contact Gloria O'Brien-Rudyk 6586 0365 or email email@example.com or Cindy O'Brien-Younie 0402 350 511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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