The big blue bus arrived in Melbourne’s inner east in March 2015.
First stop was Box Hill Central shopping centre on Tuesday 24 March. Many shoppers took the opportunity to pick up free Beyond Blue resources about depression, anxiety and staying well and chat to local service providers about the support available.
The bus then headed to Doncaster’s MC2 Square for a fun afternoon of Bollywood dancing, face painting, giant games such as Jenga, chess, snakes and ladders, and a free community barbecue.
The following morning, the team helped to cook up a free breakfast for 200 students at Holmesglen Institute of TAFE in Glen Waverley. Students at Monash University’s Clayton campus received a visit from the big blue bus over a free lunchtime barbecue, and the team rounded out at the day at Clayton North Primary School with art activities and model bus making.
On Thursday 26 March, the team helped whip up free pedal-powered smoothies at Swinburne University of Technology in Hawthorn. Member for Hawthorn John Pesutto dropped by to say hello and chat with students and staff.
The next day, the bus visited Tally Ho Business Park in Burwood East. A free barbecue was put on for the local businesses and over 100 staff dropped by for a chat and to pick up free Beyond Blue information and make a mental health pledge.
On Saturday, the team and a special Elder Clown guest spent the day visiting residents at Uniting AgeWell Strathdon Community in Forest Hill and Victoria Grange Aged Care residents in Vermont South.
The visit to the Inner East Melbourne Medicare Local region wrapped up at Deakin University in Burwood on Tuesday 31 March. Hundreds of students stopped by on their way to and from classes, including Beyond Blue Ambassador and Winter Olympian Belle Brockhoff.
Thanks to all those who gave Beyond Blue such a warm welcome. Thanks also to Medibank Community Fund for their support.
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