The Mabo family's decision to ask people attending Bonita Mabo's
State Funeral to donate to Diabetes Queensland in lieu of flowers
continued Mrs Mabo's community-minded legacy, according to Diabetes
Queensland CEO Sturt Eastwood.
The funeral will be held in Townsville on Thursday.
"Bonita spent her life working for a better future for South Sea
Island, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people," Sturt
"Diabetes is a major health threat to that future. The people
she fought for are almost four times more likely than
non-Indigenous Australians to have diabetes or pre-diabetes.
"The thoughts of Diabetes Queensland staff and supporters are
with the Mabo family at this sad time.
"Diabetes Queensland is grateful for the family's generosity. We
will do our best to honour it."
Bonita Mabo, an activist and reconciliation advocate in her own
right, was the wife of land rights champion Eddie "Koiki" Mabo.
She has died in Townsville, surrounded by her family, at the age
If you would like to make a donation in memory of Bonita, click here.