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Huge success at Carpe Diem event – October 2016

Mental Health Month provided an opportunity for Riverina Bluebell to partner with the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP), Centre Stage Scripts, Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD), Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and National Disability Coordinator Officers Program (DSCO) to tour Carpe Diem across the Riverina.

Carpe Diem is a live theatre performance that addresses mental health in rural communities. It stresses the importance of professional care in times of crises, and highlights the importance of mate ship and looking out for each other.

Written by Arts and Health Production Company, Centre Stage Scripts and starring acclaimed actor John Wood, Carpe Diem is a contemporary portrayal of every day Australian males dealing with issues of health, grief, loss and depression.

In November 2015 RAMHP Coordinator Helen Sheather reviewed the play and recognised the potential it provided to deliver positive mental health messages to small communities in an entertaining way. Helen approached writer Megan Rigoni from Centre Stage Scripts with the idea of touring the play within the MLHD.

An Expression of Interest to host the tour was sent to 21 Local Government Areas and after extensive consultation twelve shires responded favourably. The tour visited the rural communities of Henty, Holbrook, Gundagai, Junee, Temora, Boorowa, West Wyalong, Lake Cargelligo, Ganmain, Coleambally, Berrigan, Corowa and Lockhart from October 14th – 28th 2016.

Rural Adversity Mental Health Coordinators Helen Sheather and Merilyn Limbrick were excited to work in partnership with each community to ensure the event was accessible, relevant, inclusive and delivered free of charge for the audience members. In order to reach this goal numerous other partners from each community provided financial and in kind support.

The extremely successful tour provided the opportunity for thirteen performances to be held with a total of 1152 people attending. The feedback was overwhelming positive with many comments reflecting the value in using theatre to tell stories about the common issues experienced by rural Australia.

If you, or someone you know may be experiencing mental illness call the MLHD AccessLine on 1800 800 944 or the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511 to arrange local support.

Droving the Blues Away - Raising $27,858 and awareness for mental health issues in the Riverina!

During September and October 2016, Droving the Blues Away provided a unique opportunity for Riverina Bluebell to share stories, make connections and create greater awareness about mental health in communities along the Riverina stock route.

Community events in Lockhart, Narrandera, Ganmain and Wagga Wagga were well supported, with many enjoying the barbecues and refreshments as well as the free rides and amusements.

12 head of cattle were generously donated to the Droving the Blues Away campaign, raising a total of $26,668 for Riverina Bluebell at the charity auction on 24 October at the Wagga Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre. A huge thank you to RSL Wagga Wagga for purchasing the top priced steer for $10,000!

Another $1,190 was donated online during the campaign, bringing the total raised to $27,858 – a fantastic result that will enable Riverina Bluebell to continue to fight for greater awareness of mental health in the local community.

Recognising our wonderful contributers

Hellfire Trading.  Holbrook – 5 Steers                                 DP,CM & PW Nugent.  Tarcutta – 1 Steer
Wallaby Creek Pastoral Co. Gundagai – 1 Steer                 Yaven Pastoral Co. Adelong – 1 Heifer
Trewalla Partnership. Wagga Wagga – 1 Heifer                 Deltroit Station. Adelong – 1 Heifer
Sykes Pastoral Co. Humula – 1 Cow                                     JD Charleston. Wagga Wagga – 1 Cow

january 2016

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february 2016

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march 2016

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april 2016

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may 2016

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june 2016

8jun6:30 pmEvent CancelledWAGGA YOUNG PROFESSIONALS IN AGRICULTURE with Riverina BluebellWAGGA YOUNG PROFESSIONALS IN AGRICULTURE with Riverina Bluebell

13jun1:00 am- 1:00 amArdlethan Rainbow Run

20jun7:30 pm- 10:00 pmMental health awareness night

july 2016

17jul10:00 am- 12:00 pmRead the PlayCoolamon

august 2016

10aug - 12aug 101:00 amaug 12LambEx 2016

19aug8:30 am- 4:00 pmINSIGHT presentation and Volunteer training

24aug6:00 pm- 11:00 pmWAGGA YOUNG PROFESSIONALS IN AGRICULTURE with Riverina Bluebell

september 2016

8sep1:00 am- 1:00 amRUOK? day

10sep6:00 pm- 10:00 pmEvent CancelledRUOK Bonfire

11sep9:00 am- 10:00 am'YOACTIVE'promoting health on the inside and out

11sep10:00 am- 5:00 pmWagga Lake Run & Ride

15sep - 25sep 1510:00 amsep 25SANE Australia Great Wall of China Challenge

19sep6:30 pm- 9:30 pmMental Health Presentation.CSU Wagga Campus

20sep1:00 pm- 3:00 pmTough & UpTumut High School

30sep4:30 pm- 8:00 pmDroving the Blues Away - Community Stock Camp (Lockhart)

october 2016

7oct4:30 pm- 8:00 pmDroving the Blues Away - Community Stock Camp (Narrandera)

14oct - 21oct 141:00 amoct 21Carpe Diem Tour

14oct4:30 pm- 8:00 pmDroving the Blues Away - Community Stock Camp (Ganmain)

14oct6:00 pm- 10:00 pmCarpe Diem - FREE Community Event - HENTYA Centre Stage Scripts Production Starring JOHN WOOD and CHRIS PIDD

15oct6:00 pm- 10:00 pmCarpe Diem - FREE Community Event - HOLBROOKA Centre Stage Scripts Production Starring JOHN WOOD and CHRIS PIDD

16oct7:00 pm- 10:00 pmCarpe Diem - FREE Community Event - GUNDAGAIA Centre Stage Scripts Production Starring JOHN WOOD and CHRIS PIDD

17oct12:00 am- 3:00 pmCarpe Diem - FREE Community Event - JUNEEA Centre Stage Scripts Production Starring JOHN WOOD and CHRIS PIDD

18oct7:00 pm- 10:00 pmCarpe Diem - FREE Community Event - TEMORAA Centre Stage Scripts Production Starring JOHN WOOD and CHRIS PIDD

19oct7:30 pm- 10:30 pmCarpe Diem - FREE Community Event - BOOROWAA Centre Stage Scripts Production Starring JOHN WOOD and CHRIS PIDD

20oct6:00 pm- 10:00 pmRUOK Bonfire

21oct - 23oct 219:00 amoct 23Food and Farm Festival Colleambally

21oct4:30 pm- 8:00 pmDroving the Blues Away - Community Stock Camp (Wagga Wagga)

22oct9:00 am- 11:00 pmFARM DRAFT 2016Wagga

22oct7:30 pm- 10:30 pmCarpe Diem - FREE Community Event - WEST WYALONGA Centre Stage Scripts Production Starring JOHN WOOD and CHRIS PIDD

23oct6:30 pm- 10:30 pmCarpe Diem - FREE Community Event - LAKE CARGELLIGOA Centre Stage Scripts Production Starring JOHN WOOD and CHRIS PIDD

24oct6:00 pm- 10:30 pmCarpe Diem - FREE Community Event - GANMAINA Centre Stage Scripts Production Starring JOHN WOOD and CHRIS PIDD

25oct7:00 pm- 10:30 pmCarpe Diem - FREE Community Event - COLEAMBALLYA Centre Stage Scripts Production Starring JOHN WOOD and CHRIS PIDD

26oct6:30 pm- 10:30 pmCarpe Diem - FREE Community Event - BERRIGANA Centre Stage Scripts Production Starring JOHN WOOD and CHRIS PIDD

27oct6:00 pm- 10:30 pmCarpe Diem - FREE Community Event - COROWAA Centre Stage Scripts Production Starring JOHN WOOD and CHRIS PIDD

28oct6:30 pm- 10:30 pmCarpe Diem - FREE Community Event - LOCKHARTA Centre Stage Scripts Production Starring JOHN WOOD and CHRIS PIDD

november 2016

29nov7:00 pm- 9:00 pmRotary Shine Awards - Presentation Night

december 2016

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