March in Ku­randa and say no to ‘ice’

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

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.

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