The big blue bus arrived on the Gold Coast at the end of October, 2014.
A free community festival was held at Justins Park Burleigh Heads to welcome the National Roadshow on 29 October, with Gold Coast Medicare Local CEO Matthew Carrodus and Queensland Mental Health Commissioner (and Beyond Blue Board Member) Dr Lesley van Schoubroeck among the speakers.
There were also local health information stalls, a jumping castle, art exhibit, Gold Coast Suns’ footy skills station and a free breakfast and sausage sizzle lunch.
The following day, Roadshow Rhonda and the team attended the Upper Coomera Community Centre for a community health expo. A number of local service providers were in attendance, with a free face painter and art activities for the kids.
On Friday 31 October the National Roadshow team cooked up a free community barbecue at Broadwater Parklands in Southport. That evening, hundreds of visitors to the Beachfront Markets in Surfers Paradise took the opportunity to stop by the bus and pick up some free Beyond Blue resources and chat to staff.
On 1 November, Roadshow Rhonda welcomed in the hairy month of ‘Movember’ by making way for Roadshow Ron (see photos in gallery). The manly moustache unveiling took place at an open day of the Oxenford Men’s Shed. The community was welcomed by dozens of Shed members, with some visitors so impressed by the shed facilities and friendly bunch of blokes that they signed up on the spot.
On Monday 3 November the bus visited Helensvale State High School where Beyond Blue Speaker Paul Grainger shared his personal story of hope, recovery and resilience to Year 9 and 10 students. The team then moved to Helensvale State School for a presentation to Year 7 students.
On 4 November the Roadshow team attended a special Melbourne Cup luncheon at The Gardens on Lindfield Retirement Resort. Around 100 residents took part in a special trivia session run by Beyond Blue.
The big blue bus then headed for Brisbane, but returned briefly to the Gold Coast later in November for the opening weekend of Schoolies Week 2014.
Thanks to the wonderful communities who gave Beyond Blue such a warm welcome! Thanks also to Medibank Community Fund for their support.
View other stops and gallery of National Roadshow highlights.