Southern Adelaide - Fleurieu - Kangaroo Island

The Beyond Blue National Roadshow arrived in Adelaide on 24 March, 2014. The week was spent working with the Southern Adelaide-Fleurieu-Kangaroo Island (SAFKI) Medicare Local on a number of events, starting with a visit to Flinders University.

Many students and staff dropped by the bus to pick up information and make a mental health pledge. That afternoon, the Roadshow parked at Westfield Marion Shopping Centre to talk with shoppers and members of the community about depression, anxiety and ways to stay well.

On 25 March, SAFKI Medicare Local hosted an official welcome for Beyond Blue at its offices, led by CEO Deb Dutton. Beyond Blue Board Director Associate Professor Michael Baigent spoke to staff about the Roadshow and the work of Beyond Blue. 

Following the welcome, the bus hit the road to Glenelg – setting up on the beautiful foreshore at Glenelg Beach. Many people came to collect resources and chat to Beyond Blue and SAFKI Medicare Local staff. One member of the public, Rhys McGill (see photo gallery), had just returned from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, to raise money for Beyond Blue!

On Wednesday 26 March the Roadshow attended Close the Gap Aboriginal Health Day in Strathalbyn. Close the Gap is Australia's largest ever Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health campaign, aiming to close the health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation. There was lots of health information available on the day and a healthy lunch on offer.

The next day, the bus headed down to Victor Harbor where Beyond Blue Ambassadors Bron Collins and Leesa Scanlan spent the morning presenting to a number of classes at Victor Harbor High School. The bus then travelled to Mount Compass for an afternoon of presentations to students at Mount Compass Area School.

On Friday 27 March the bus attended Community Connections Hackham, an event hosted by SAFKI Medicare Local for health service providers and the community to find out more about local health services. That afternoon, the bus set up at Ramsay Place, Noarlunga with headspace to chat with young people.

The bus made a visit to Kangaroo Island on Saturday 5 April to attend the first round of the Kangaroo Island Football League at Wisanger Sports Club. Thanks to all the footballers, netballers and spectators who made the bus welcome.  

Thanks also to the many organisations who supported Beyond Blue’s visit, in particular SAFKI Medicare Local. Thanks also to official Roadshow partners Medibank Community Fund and WorkCoverSA.

View other stops around Australia, and a gallery of National Roadshow highlights.

Beyond Blue Board Director Associate Professor Michael Baigent with Kingscote and Wisanger captains.

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