The first Pilk Purriyn truth-telling event was held at 5:30am on 26 January 2023.
The organising committee, from Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation and Surf Coast Shire Council, expected perhaps 200-300 people might attend the first event. In reality more than 2000 people - both First Nations and allies - turned out to hear the truth-telling and witness the ceremony from Wadawurrung Elders and Leaders that morning.
People traveled from across the Surf Coast Shire, Bellarine Peninsula, Geelong, one couple even drove from Gisborne to attend.
The misty rain, and cloudy skies only added to the atmosphere of contemplative silence as more then 2000 souls gathered in peace and harmony to deeply listen and understand.