Com­mu­nity bar­be­cue to of­fer sup­port

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

A GROUP set up to tackle youth sui­cide, the Com­mu­nity Friends, held their third bar­be­cue of the year at Spalla Park in Proser­pine on Satur­day.

Peo­ple of all ages came to­gether for the event which was open to ev­ery­one to come along and con­nect with new peo­ple.

Proser­pine Com­mu­nity Cen­tre co-or­di­na­tor Cathie Evans said the Com­mu­nity Friends group was cre­ated sev­eral months ago af­ter a num­ber of Proser­pine youths had at­tempted sui­cide.

“When ev­ery­one comes to­gether like this it lets the kids know that they aren’t alone and there are peo­ple out there will­ing to help and sup­port them. There was a great turnout for the event with peo­ple of all ages com­ing along to en­joy the day,” she said.

“This was the third bar­be­cue we’ve had and it’s a great way for the whole com­mu­nity to come to- gether. It re­ally al­lows peo­ple from all dif­fer­ent back­grounds to con­nect.”

The free bar­be­cue was a hit with all at­ten­dees and a sim­i­lar event is planned for early Novem­ber.

BAND­ING TO­GETHER: San­dra Kelly from the Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre, Giru­dala In­dige­nous Fam­ily Sup­port rep­re­sen­ta­tive Vi­vian Mook, Proser­pine Com­mu­nity Cen­tre co-or­di­na­tor Cathie Evans, Mark Rees and In­dige­nous Out­reach worker Frank Cook gath­ered to­gether in sup­port of the Com­mu­nity Friends Bar­beque event at Spalla Park on Satur­day.

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