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Community joins together to raise awareness for mental health

Community Resource Officers Doug and Mizhar have helped to organise a touch football carnival to help raise awareness for suicide prevention and mental health in their community.

The Mareeba Murri Touch Football Carnival was sponsored by Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation and Police Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) Mareeba, with 11 teams playing a round robin competition across 2 grades. 

Youth worker Ross and Community Resource Officers Doug and Mizhar stand together at the carnival.

The day brought the community together, with about 400 people in attendance to watch the teams battle it out.

They also had other community groups get involved, including Deadly Choices who hosted a stall distributing information on making responsible choices. The Mareeba PCYC assisted with catering for the event alongside a church group selling food and drink.

“The event was drug, alcohol and smoke free and was enjoyed by many families,” Doug explained.

“We received some wonderful feedback, particularly a quote from a community member which made me very proud to have been part of an event that brought so much joy to the community.

“They said ‘It was encouraging to see a united community standing strong for our youth and sending the message that they belong to and are valued by their families and community’.”  

Following the success of this event, Doug and Mizhar are hoping to make it an annual occurrence.

Creating this event was a vision that I had for several years.

“To see it become a reality with the help of Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation and PCYC Mareeba was… well, it was indescribable. It was wonderful.”

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