Roe­bourne car­ni­val a boost for men­tal health

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Roe­bourne basketball courts were the place to be last week­end when a large pro­por­tion of the town turned up for a basketball car­ni­val with a cause.

The third an­nual Lady Mus­tangs basketball car­ni­val, which raises funds for men­tal health aware­ness, es­pe­cially in indigenous re­gional com­mu­ni­ties, was the big­gest yet.

Four­teen men’s teams and seven women’s teams from across the Pil­bara com­peted and about 400 peo­ple watched over the week­end.

Roe­bourne Mys­tics won the women’s com­pe­ti­tion when they nar­rowly de­feated Lady Mus­tangs 37-32 in the grand fi­nal, while in the men’s di­vi­sion, Hed­land team Spartans beat Magic 38-30.

All prof­its from tick­ets sold will go to men­tal health or­gan­i­sa­tion Be­yond­blue.

Car­ni­val or­gan­iser and Lady Mus­tangs player Roslyn Alec said the com­pe­ti­tion was a tribute to a for­mer player and im­por­tant mem­ber of the Roe­bourne com­mu­nity.

“It all hap­pened when my niece, the cap­tain of the Lady Mus­tangs, she took her life four years ago,” she said.

“It made me aware that sui­cide aware­ness needs to be out there. We need to speak about de­pres­sion, about anx­i­ety.

“There are agen­cies and foun­da­tions peo­ple can look to if they need help, some­one they could talk to.

“In her mem­ory I want to put sui­cide aware­ness out there.”

Alec said basketball, a much-loved sport in Roe­bourne, was an ideal way to put the mes­sage across.

Car­ni­val co-or­gan­iser Abbey Ramirez-Shilling­ford said sui­cide was a prob­lem in Roe­bourne that was not talked about enough, and many did not know where to turn.

If you or some­one you know is think­ing of sui­cide, phone Life­line on 13 11 14.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

The Lady Mus­tangs at their third Roe­bourne car­ni­val.

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