Sailing for a healthy cause
INDIGENOUS residents enjoyed the thrill of sailing while promoting the dangers of smoking at the Deadly Puff Power Event at Tin Can Bay Yacht Club last Saturday.
Queensland Health’s primary health care and chronic disease management nurse unit manager Ken Meldrum said the event was a success.
“The day was an opportunity for 75 indigenous children, youth and parents to experience the thrill of sailing, be part of a dragon boat crew and participate in indigenous games in Nelson Point Park,” Ken said.
“The sails made by children at the various schools across our region were displayed and all carried warnings about the dangers of smoking.”
Ken, who also holds the position of Sailabilty Tin Can Bay acting vice president, said many of the children who experienced sailing on the day obviously enjoyed it and expressed the desire to continue doing it as the opportunity arose.
“We will have to look at opportunities to promote the sport at schools within the Gympie region,” he said.
“They enjoyed the Dragon Boat as well so we may have to build a Goanna Boat for an indigenous team to compete in the local competition.
“All up, it was a great day with many positive outcomes being achieved.
“The sails prepared by the school children will be displayed in the local art gallery in the lead up to this year’s NAIDOC Day celebrations.
“Special thanks must go to Sailability Tin Can Bay and their dedicated volunteers and for allowing the use of their sailing boats.
“Thanks also to Tin Can Bay Yacht Club for the use of their premises and the Tin Can Bay Dragon Boat Club for the use of their boat and volunteers as well,” Ken said.
A healthy lunch was organised by Queensland Health Indigenous staff and prepared by members of the Gympie Cooloola Rotary Club.