Car­ni­val with men­tal health cause en­joys big turnout

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

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

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

The Lady Mus­tangs, who or­gan­ised the week­end’s Roe­bourne bas­ket­ball car­ni­val in hon­our of their for­mer cap­tain.

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