The big blue bus rolled into Ingham – and a mechanic – on 22 September, 2014. 

After travelling 34,000km in six months, Roadshow Rhonda demanded some TLC – but not before honouring her commitment to visit the Macknade and Victoria Sugar Mills in Ingham.

More than 70 staff at the mills made time to visit the bus and pick up some Beyond Blue info before enjoying a free barbecue cooked up by Ingham Disability Support Services and NQ Employment. 

Then it was up on to the hoist machine for a week of repairs to the differential and rear axle. 

But the Roadshow must go on – and so it did! On Tuesday 23 September the team packed a hire car with Beyond Blue resources and headed to Townsville.  

First stop was James Cook University and a free student breakfast. The following day, the team attended a free community barbecue at the Riverway Precinct with headspace Townsville and Townsville-Mackay Medicare Local. More than 100 people came past for a chat and free sausage, including Townsville Crocodiles players Brian Conklin and Steven Markovic.

On Thursday 25 September, the team arrived in Proserpine for a family fun day at Les Stagg Oval. With a car display, 18 information stalls from community services, a free barbecue, DJ and some amazing giveaways the day was enjoyed by all. 

That evening the team dropped into the the PCYC youth disco in Airlie Beach to provide free Youth Beyond Blue resources. 

The visit wrapped up in Mackay on 26 September with a stop at CQUniversity and a lunchtime of guided visualisation, belly breathing, yoga, pat-a-pet therapy, giant games and a free sausage sizzle for students, followed by an afternoon at Caneland Central Shopping Centre. 

With the bus still undergoing repairs, the team then headed into the Central Queensland Medicare Local region. 

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.

At Victoria Sugar Mill in Ingham.

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