South West WA

The National Roadshow arrived in Albany on Thursday 24 April 2014 ahead of Anzac Day commemorations.

The bus hosted a free community barbecue in the park with South West WA Medicare Local and Albany Mens Shed, before the Kapyong Day Memorial Service.

The following morning, the Roadshow and Medicare Local set up at Middleton Beach and provided a healthy breakfast to those who attended the Dawn Service on Mount Clarence. The bus then headed to Albany's Anzac Peace Park to observe the parade and memorial service. 

Albany plays a special part in Anzac history, being the port where 30,000 Australian and New Zealand troops first boarded ships a century ago to transport them to war in Egypt and then Turkey.  For many young soldiers, Albany was the last place they would tread on home soil.

Manjimup was next stop for the Roadshow, with the big blue bus attending the Lower South West Football League clash between the Deanmill Hawks and Kojonup Cougars on Saturday 26 April. Played at the picturesque Deanmill Football Club, the home team came out victors in an exciting match.

The Roadshow then headed into the wheatbelt district, stopping in Narrogin on Monday 28 April for a free community breakfast at the leisure centre. The bus then dropped in on Narrogin Senior High School. Following a healthy school recess with students, the Roadshow hosted a healthy ageing luncheon for dozens of seniors from Narrogin and outlying towns.

On Tuesday 29 April the Roadshow arrived in Bunbury, with the friendly local headspace playing host for the afternoon.

The visit to WA’s south west wrapped up in Margaret River on Wednesday 30 April with a visit to the Margaret River Community Resource Centre and Wednesday evening soup kitchen.  

On 1 June, the bus dropped in on the local footy in Cervantes (part of South West WA Medicare Local region) on its way up to Geraldton. 

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 around Australia, and a gallery of National Roadshow highlights.

At the footy in Cervantes on 1 June.

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