Trib­ute raises aware­ness

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Rise Above will be held next month to hon­our the mem­ory of Co­bram’s Amanda Gren­nan and raise aware­ness of men­tal health is­sues.

Amanda, 14, died in Au­gust. To hon­our her mem­ory, her friends have banded to­gether to ed­u­cate peo­ple about the im­por­tance of men­tal health.

The day will in­volve a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing mu­sic, guest speak­ers, a raf­fle, a jelly eat­ing con­test and a fash­ion show and aims to cap­ture Amanda’s funlov­ing per­son­al­ity and love of fash­ion.

There will be free ad­mis­sion for the day and en­try for con­tests, with plenty of prizes to be won. Fash­ion show en­trants are en­cour­aged to wear black and white and some­thing blue.

There will also be an open mi­cro­phone for any­one wish­ing to sing, a dance show and class and food and drink stalls.

Amanda’s friend Amanda Spratt ini­ti­ated the event and or­gan­ised it with help from Trevor Wood­head and Jem Houza­ife.

Ms Houza­ife said the day would pro­mote a holis­tic ap­proach to men­tal health.

‘‘Proper men­tal health re­quires help for peo­ple with all as­pects of their life, so they can live a ful­filled life,’’ she said.

‘‘I don’t be­lieve there is one men­tal ill­ness.’’

There will be guest speak­ers from Life­line, Rive­rina Blue­bell, Ig­nite Life Church and Health and Lifestyles Re­treat Ber­ri­gan.

Com­mu­nity ser­vice providers will also be avail­able on the day for sup­port.

Raf­fle tick­ets can be bought for $2 each or three for $5, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to Amanda’s fam­ily.

‘‘Amanda’s fam­ily want fix for to spread a mes­sage of kind­ness and car­ing for one an­other,’’ Ms Houza­ife said.

‘‘We have to be care­ful of the words we speak to each other — they have an im­pact.

‘‘There has been a lot of sad­ness from sui­cide, de­pres­sion and bul­ly­ing in our com­mu­nity.

‘‘Ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially in small coun­try towns, knows of some­one af­fected by men­tal health is­sues.’’

The event will be held on Novem­ber 4 from 9 am to 4 pm at Co­bram’s Fed­er­a­tion Park.

For more in­for­ma­tion, to do­nate or to book a stall, phone Ms Houza­ife on 0447 862 598.

In mem­ory of Amanda: A trib­ute event for Amanda Gren­nan will be held on Novem­ber 4.

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