En­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to live well

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Or­gan­is­ers of a com­mu­nity-led phys­i­cal and men­tal well­be­ing event at Hor­sham’s May Park were thrilled with sup­port for their project.

Aimee O’cal­laghan, Emma Her­schell and Lau­ren Dempsey joined forces to cre­ate ‘Live Well, Be Well’, de­signed to con­nect com­mu­nity mem­bers with health and well­be­ing ser­vice providers in a re­laxed at­mos­phere.

Ms O’cal­laghan said the trio was pleased to at­tract more than 200 peo­ple through­out the day.

“We hoped to get 100, so to get 200 was fan­tas­tic. There was never a stage where we didn’t have any­one there,” she said.

“We at­tracted a lot of fam­i­lies and we even had peo­ple bring their dogs down.

“A lot of peo­ple played with the fris­bees we gave away in our goodie bags and the kids par­tic­u­larly loved the jump­ing cas­tle.”

Ms O’cal­laghan said the event aimed to pro­vide the com­mu­nity with ac­cess to ser­vice providers in a re­laxed set­ting.

“Some peo­ple might be strug­gling but find it too con­fronta­tional to go to an or­gan­i­sa­tion and see what help is avail­able,” she said.

“The beauty of our event was that peo­ple could come down to the park, have a cof­fee, watch their kids have a go on the jump­ing cas­tle and drop in and have a chat with some­one from or­gan­i­sa­tions such as headspace and Grampians Com­mu­nity Health.

“It was all about cre­at­ing a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment where peo­ple could feel com­fort­able but still seek in­for­ma­tion and sup­port if they wanted to.”

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from MIXX FM, Coun­try Fire Author­ity, Hor­sham Squash Club, Hor­sham Ur­ban Land­care and Ru­pa­nyup’s Healthy Im­pulse were on hand and the day also in­cluded guest speak­ers and demon­stra­tions.

“We had Kes­sia Brooke singing live acous­tic mu­sic, Hor­sham Yoga’s Aaron Schultz taught peo­ple about yoga and breath­ing for re­lax­ation and Hor­sham Cal­is­then­ics Club did plenty of demon­stra­tions through­out the day,” Ms O’cal­laghan said.

“It was ex­tremely sat­is­fy­ing to see so many peo­ple having such a good time to­gether, cre­at­ing com­mu­nity con­nec­tions. It was worth the ef­fort in­volved in bring­ing it all to­gether.”

The trio hosted Sun­day’s event as part of a Lead­er­ship Wim­mera Re­gional Lead­er­ship Skills pro­gram, run through Wim­mera De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion.

The group will make a pre­sen­ta­tion about the event and what they have learnt through­out the nine-month pro­gram at a grad­u­a­tion day on Oc­to­ber 5.

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