March in Kuranda and say no to ‘ice’
ONE man has sparked a community march today to bring awareness to the harm that the drug “ice” causes in communities in the region.
A march against ice will be held in Kuranda today to help gain awareness and campaign for the Government to put better programs in place.
Kuranda resident and organiser Manny Ross came up with the idea and it has grown with the help of Ngoonbi Community Service Indigenous Corporation acting chief executive Glenis Grogan and community development officer Lillian Simpson.
Mr Ross said he encourages anyone who has been affected by ice to stand alongside them and march in Kuranda today.
He said he is aiming to raise awareness in all communities, but especially in Kuranda.
“I have been watching my people and the effects this drug has on them and also our white friends and family,” he said.
“We see children, teenagers and adults all affected by this drug.
“We need to raise the awareness of ice and the effects it has on our communities.”
He said that after the march they hope to have a community forum to help assist families, loved ones and those addicted to the drug.
“We are aiming for the Government to help build something for kids to prevent addiction to ice,” he said.
“The issue is when they want to get off the drug it can lead to suicide and depression.
“This march isn’t just about the problem in Kuranda but getting the message out there to all communities in Queensland.
“Hopefully the Government will see that we are interested and that we need help.”
Mrs Grogan urged everyone to march for their community and families and help put a stop to ice.
“This march was initiated by Manny for the whole community,” she said.
“When people have the desire to make a change you have to get behind them.
“For me personally the planning alone has raised the awareness of ice but it is about the awareness of the issue and how to deal with it when it arises.” She said everyone needs to learn the effects that ice has on users and the community.
“We need to get back to the boot camps with activities and learning,” she said.
“All in all people need to know we care and most of all that there is support and there is someone you can talk to help you.”
The march will start on the corner of Arara and Coondoo streets, Kuranda.
Those marching are asked to assemble at 10.15am for a 10.30am start.
After the march those affected by the drug will share their stories and answer questions people may have.
Mr Ross asked people could bring their own signs for the march.
The local community is supporting the event and there will be health information stalls and a free sausage sizzle and drinks at Centennial Park.