United for men­tal health

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

An over-40s foot­ball and net­ball event in Ararat on Sun­day will help raise money for Grampians Com­mu­nity Health men­tal health and fam­ily vi­o­lence pro­grams.

Billed as a chance for com­peti­tors to show the younger gen­er­a­tion ‘they’ve still got it’, the day is the brain­child of for­mer Rich­mond and Ararat foot­baller Scott Turner.

The event will be at Ararat’s Alexan­dra Oval, with net­ball start­ing at 1pm and foot­ball at 2pm.

The over-40s foot­ball game has be­come an an­nual event in Ararat, while this is the first year an over40s net­ball game will be played.

Mr Turner said the event had been well re­ceived by the Ararat com­mu­nity.

“Last year’s match was an over­whelm­ing success,” he said.

“We eas­ily found play­ers for the two teams for the foot­ball match, at­tracted a crowd of more than 500 peo­ple and raised money to bring the HALT men­tal health pro­gram to the re­gion.”

Net­ball or­gan­iser Meagan Shea said she was amazed at the in­ter­est and sup­port for net­ball to be in­cluded.

“The in­clu­sion of net­ball is a great ad­di­tion and will only at­tract more peo­ple to the game,” she said.

“Spon­sor­ship for the match is even big­ger than last year with a few new ma­jor spon­sors on board.”

Grampians Com­mu­nity Health chief ex­ec­u­tive Greg Lit­tle said the day would have a ‘healthy fam­i­lies’ fo­cus to high­light the im­por­tance of work­ing to­gether to pre­vent fam­ily vi­o­lence.

“The day is cel­e­brat­ing healthy fam­i­lies and re­la­tion­ships be­cause pos­i­tive, safe and re­spect­ful re­la­tion­ships are es­sen­tial to the health and well­be­ing of all of us and make for hap­pier com­mu­ni­ties to live in,” he said.

Mrs Shea said the matches were a great way to high­light strong, healthy fam­i­lies and gen­der equal­ity, dis­play­ing pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships and com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.

“Even though there’s an im­por­tant mes­sage at­tached, the match is a fun day out for the whole fam­ily,” she said.

Gates for the event will open at mid­day, with gold coin en­try. Food and drink will be avail­able at the ground, with pre­sen­ta­tions, raf­fles and an auc­tion to fol­low the matches.

Peo­ple can call Rachel Whit­taker at Grampians Com­mu­nity Health on 5358 7400 for more in­for­ma­tion.

OLD DOGS, NEW TRICKS: Net­baller Meagan Shea, left, and foot­baller Scott Turner, right, show kids at Ararat’s Alexan­dra Oval their skills. The pair has helped or­gan­ise an over-40s foot­ball and net­ball day to raise money for Grampians Com­mu­nity Health.

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