Kenny Bedford

Kenny Bedford. Photo: Reconciliation Australia

Who’s your mob and where were you raised?

I am a member of the Meuram Tribe of Erub, Nth East Torres Strait.  I am a Traditional Owner and reside on my Island home.  I have also lived in Cairns, Brisbane (for Uni) and Melbourne and I attended Boarding School at Charters Towers.

How long have you been a member of the NAIDOC Committee?

I recently joined the National NAIDOC Committee in 2017.

What does NAIDOC mean to you?

NAIDOC to me is very much about sharing, promoting and celebrating our diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and our stand out achievers as respective communities and as a Nation. 

How will you be celebrating NAIDOC Week?

I usually play a role in organising NAIDOC week events in my workplace and community and depending on where I am during the week, I try to support as many local events as possible.  My children and I also join in the local march.

Outside of NAIDOC what are your passions?

Because I am often traveling I love to spend as much time as I can with my children.  I have a large collection of art and music that probably reflects those interests and I enjoy photography.  I Love to fish and go diving but it seems like ages since I have done either despite living on an Island!! I mostly follow Rugby League when it comes to sport.

Fun fact – what don’t we know about you?

I was once an athlete and represented Australia as a sprinter believe it or not.