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MULGA MAIL, FRIDAY 21 OCTOBER 2016

The Aboriginal Community Family Fun Day on Wednesday 5 October at Champion Centre, Seville Grove was great success with this year theme being Moorditj Moort, Moorditj Culunga. Strong Family, Strong Children.

For the third year running, not for profit organisation Richmond Wellbeing and the City of Armadale teamed up for a day of interesting health and wellness information and engaging activities for the local community, Blue skies and warm weather brought many local families with children of all ages to the event.

Activities for all ages were on offer with a free kangaroo sausage on arrival, music and entertainment and the annual Lindsay Culbong Cup race, where local elders throw off their shoes and compete against their peers. The day also had free health checks from mental health and drug service providers, which was also an opportunity for locals to build connections with the people they can turn to if they ever need.

Richmond Wellbeing initiated the family fun day as an opportunity to celebrate Aboriginal culture and to help build strong relationships between Aboriginal community members and local mental health services providers. Adrian Munro, Executive Manager of Operations at Richmond Wellbeing said “It was a fantastic day and the fantastic weather brought many families out to the event. We took a holistic approach on getting mental wellness on the agenda for families and it worked really well.” “We believe that the Aboriginal community knows what services it needs and how we can best support them. This event provides us with the opportunity to listen to their views and ideas so that we can learn and grow as a service provider,” said Mr Munro.

Richmond Wellbeing is a local not-for-profit organisation providing trusted mental health services to the WA community for over 40 years. They know recovery from mental health challenges is possible. Offering mental health services specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Western Australia through the Jinnarra Project, Richmond Wellbeing provide community connection services, assistance to access the NDIs, mental health supports, education and training, and more.

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