Sending the message
GORDON Browning and the other members of the Indigenous Health Team at Gympie have been busy organising Indigenous school children across the Gympie Region to prepare their sails for the Puff Power Festival at Tin Can Bay Yacht Club today.
Gordon and his team came up with the idea of comparing sails to lungs and promoting the not-smoking message by comparing their function and the need to keep them in good shape to provide best outcomes and performance.
Funding has been obtained under the ESP program to run this event and Gordon has been able to facilitate the support of many organisations, schools and clubs.
Another great outcome will be the opportunity for Indigenous school children to enjoy the thrill and experience of sailing while at Tin Can Bay in the Tin Can Bay Sailability fleet of sailing dinghies.
The day at Tin Can bay will also include a healthy barbecue, Indigenous games and the sails will be displayed along with the ESP logos and messages. Elise Bailey, an Indigenous Health Worker at Gympie has also developed a spreadsheet and audit, which is being utilised during the program to identify any changes in attitudes and knowledge regarding smoking and the associated dangers.
The sails will also be displayed in the Gympie Regional Art Gallery leading up to NAIDOC Day celebrations.