The big blue bus kicked off the New Year on the NSW Central Coast.
Working closely with Central Coast NSW Medicare Local and local service providers, first stop for the bus was Coast Shelter in North Gosford for a free community barbecue on 9 January 2015. That evening the team headed to Bateau Bay PCYC’s FriZone event – a weekly gathering for youth of all ages with music, dancing and art activities.
The following day, the big blue bus took centre stage at Erina Fair. The Central Coast Mariners Mascots came along to support the visit and hundreds of people took the opportunity to pick up free information and chat to the Beyond Blue team and local health service providers throughout the day.
On 12 January, the Toukley & District Senior Citizens Club received a visit from the team for a special morning tea and trivia session. That evening a packed Avoca Beach Picture Theatre enjoyed a free screening of The Water Diviner and special performance by Beyond Blue Ambassador Mark Gable.
Zenith Business Park in Tuggerah was the next stop. On 13 January employees at the business precinct enjoyed a free barbecue and picked up free Beyond Blue resources, including details of Beyond Blue’s mentally healthy workplace campaign HeadsUp. Former Australian cricketer Nathan Bracken supported a free cricket clinic that afternoon with Kincumber Avoca Cricket Club at Erina Oval. Dozens of youngsters were put through their paces by the fast bowler.
The visit to the Central Coast wrapped up on Thursday 15 January at Mingaletta Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders Corp in Umina. NSW Minister for Mental Health The Hon Jai Rowell and Member for Gosford Chris Holstein attended the free community barbecue and made their mental health pledge.
Thanks to Central Coast NSW Medicare Local and all the wonderful services who provided support, as well as the communities who gave Beyond Blue such a warm welcome! Thanks also to Medibank Community Fund for their support.
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