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Although it may not always seem like it, there is still plenty of good news, particularly in communities across our region.  It is important to turn give yourself time to appreciate some wonderful examples of our human spirit, fantastic innovations and simply fun stuff.  Even in the midst of uncertainty, there are great insights and much to be grateful for.

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Grapevine Group announced as National Finalist for SPA LiFE Award

Suicide Prevention Australia, the nation’s suicide-prevention peak body, has just announced that Grapevine Group is a National Finalist for a LiFE Award.

To date, Grapevine has trained over 5,600 people in the Mackay region in suicide prevention, distributed over 200,000 Help-a-Mate cards listing local services and undertaken a $20,000 suicide research project in partnership with CQUniversity. The award recognises excellence in suicide prevention in the “Communities Matter” category and the winner will be announced on World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September.

Visit www.grapevinegroup.org.au to sign up to FREE SafeTALK suicide prevention training and to find local suicide prevention resources.

Well done Grapevine Group – recognition well deserved.

Bowen Neighbourhood Centre

As restrictions have been sufficiently lifted, the Mingle and Move Program has recommenced at the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre.    There were still six weeks of the initial 12 week program left to complete when COVID restrictions were announced. 

The project is a joint initiative of the NQ Sporting Foundation (NQ Funded program), the Whitsunday Shire Council and the Bowen Neighbourhood Centre. The initiative targets those community members who may be at risk of social isolation to reengage with others in a fun and supportive way. There is no cost to participants.  

Icebreaker activities occur at the start of each session so that participants get to know each other a little better with a view to facilitating friendships with other like-minded participants.   It is further anticipated that participants physical activities will increase post the program and that they may have formed a friendship to attend future activities with, or even go out for a coffee together.    

The activities in the program have included boxing, yoga, meditation, lawn bowls, water aerobics and line dancing.  

Biometrics were taken at the start of the program for comparison at the end.  The Whitsunday Shire Council normally provide a healthy morning tea after each of the weekly events for participants to stay on and have a chat which further enhances community connectiveness and therefore reduces feelings of social isolation.

Well done to all involved with such a fantastic way to connect members of the community, in a healthy way!

Shine a Light on Suicide Prevention

The ‘Shine a Light’ on Suicide Prevention World Suicide Prevention Day event will be happening on Thursday 10th September, 2020.  This event will be held at the WakeHouse Cable Park, Michigan Way, Beaconsfield from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. 

Light a canedle for a loved one lost of those still fighting.

Brother to Brother 

Brother to Brother is Australia’s first 24-hour hotline assisting Aboriginal men throughout COVID-19.

This line is staffed by Aboriginal men, including elders, to promote a culturally-safe service.

One World: Together At Home Special to Celebrate COVID-19 Workers

Watch as Celebrities, Global Citizen, the World Health Organisation and healthcare expert come together to raise funds for global COVID-19 response.

Eddie Jaku Turns 100

On the 14th of April, Eddie Jaku turned 100! Being a Holocaust survivor and self-proclaimed “happiest man on earth” is not letting COVID-19 damping his spirits.

Check out Eddie’s Ted Talk from last year on “A holocaust survivor’s blueprint for happiness”

Good News Network 

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ABC Good News

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QLD Australia 4740