Carnival with mental health cause enjoys big turnout
Roebourne’s annual Lady Mustangs Basketball Carnival continued to grow in popularity in its fourth year, as more teams than ever took part at the weekend.
A combined 23 teams, along with hundreds of spectators, packed the Roebourne basketball courts for the three-day event, which raises money and awareness for depression and suicide prevention.
Karratha’s Mayuga Majik won the men’s grand final game against Hedland Magics, 24-21, while in the women’s competition the Northwest Jetz defeated Meekatharra 42-16 to claim the 2017 title.
Thirteen men’s and 10 women’s teams from locations including Roebourne, Karratha, Hedland, Yandeyarra, Bidyadanga and Meekatharra took part.
Local women’s basketball team Lady Mustangs hold the carnival each year in honour of a former captain and Roebourne resident, with the aim of bringing people together to promote good mental health in their communities and services that can help.
Lady Mustangs player and carnival co-organiser Roslyn Alec said it was encouraging to see teams from so many different parts of the North West and an increase in the number of women involved.
“That was our goal this year, to widen the invitation to everyone and put the word out there,” she said.
“Suicide is not our culture and people suffering with depression or contemplating suicide, we want to put it out there that there’s people out there to help them.
“There’s people out there you can talk to.”
Ms Alec thanked all the volunteers who helped make the carnival possible.
“We can’t thank the Roebourne community enough for the support,” she said.
“It’s getting bigger and better every year.”
Funds raised will go to mental health organisation beyondblue.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14. If you or someone you know needs help, phone SANE Australia Helpline on 1800 18 SANE (7263). Young people seeking support can phone beyondblue on 1300 22 4636 or go to headspace.org.au
The Lady Mustangs, who organised the weekend’s Roebourne basketball carnival in honour of their former captain.