Djirringjanj power: Cathy Thomas receives a Red Cross award for keeping language alive.
Djirringjanj woman Cathy Thomas, from Wallaga Lake, near Bermagui, has been awarded with a Red Cross NAIDOC Week award.
It's the fourth year the Red Cross has run its own NAIDOC awards, honouring outstanding First Nations women and men across the country.
Cathy has been recognised for teaching and keeping alive the local Dhurga language for future generations, and history and connection to culture in the region.
The Red Cross says as its Community Development Officer, Cathy has formed a partnership with the Little Yuin Preschool sharing her knowledge of the local language.
Cathy has also been recognised for leading the way in playground design for local children.