Fun day for FIFO fam­i­lies

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - David Sal­vaire

With fam­i­lies of fly-in, fly-out work­ers ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in­creas­ing pres­sure, an event next week aims to get peo­ple talk­ing about the is­sues they face in a fun and friendly way.

The Con­nect­ing Fam­i­lies Fun Day, pre­sented by RedFM and the City of Rock­ing­ham, will give peo­ple the chance to meet other fam­i­lies and con­nect with the com­mu­nity.

The event will fea­ture games, spe­cial guests and prizes to be won, in­clud­ing free en­try passes to the Play­ground in Rock­ing­ham, vouch­ers from The Leisure Inn, fam­ily movie passes from United Cine­mas Rock­ing­ham, and a $250 voucher to Seashells Re­sorts.

Prin­ci­pal psy­chol­o­gist and pre­sen­ter of RedFM’s FIFO Life Show, San­dra Lam, will be on hand to give fam­i­lies tips on strik­ing the right work-life bal­ance.

“Hav­ing a strong so­cial sup­port net­work is crit­i­cal for a healthy FIFO life, so our team at FIFO Fo­cus are re­ally look­ing for­ward to con­nect­ing with FIFO work­ers and their fam­i­lies,” she said.

“We will also be pro­vid­ing a num­ber of tips and tricks to help work­ers, part­ners and fam­i­lies man­age the chal­lenges that they may face to en­sure they get the best of the FIFO ar­range­ment.”

Last month, the Tele­graph re­ported Bal­divis fam­i­lies were be­ing driven to seek psy­cho­log­i­cal help in record num­bers as the min­ing down­turn hit home.

Robbie Kl­itz­ing from RedFM Break­fast said he was ex­cited about the chance to bring peo­ple to­gether to talk about th­ese is­sues.

“The sup­port of fam­ily and friends is so im­por­tant, it’s great to have a fun day where ev­ery­one can get to­gether and gain some in­sight on how we can con­nect bet­ter,” he said. “I’m also su­per ex­cited about see­ing Fat Cat and I have buck­et­load of prizes to give away.”

The Con­nect­ing Fam­i­lies Free Fun Day comes to the Gary Hol­land Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Fri­day, July 7, from 10am-2pm.

Pic­ture: Lucy Fran­cis

Rob­bie Kl­itz­ing from RedFM Break­fast and prin­ci­pal psy­chol­o­gist San­dra Lam are gear­ing up for the Con­nect­ing Fam­i­lies Fun Day.

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