A range of speakers drew significant crowds at the Kimba Health and Wellness Weekend in October.
The group received a large grant through the National Radioactive Waste Facility Community Benefit Grant to be able to offer most events over the weekend for free or at reduced prices.
Friday night was the Meet, Eat and Greet night, with 85 people in attendance for dinner and drinks.
Then around 100 people listened to the inspiring Cherry Farrow from Inspire and Inform who spoke on the inexhaustible potential of every human, living in a positive world and how to empower yourself to make the necessary changes in reality.
The ever funny comedian Ben Farrow had everyone laughing and entertained and all who attended had a great time, stating it was a perfect start to the weekend.
Saturday morning was the start to activities, events and workshops for children and adults, with a crèche just to help out.
First up was the Men’s Health Chat and Breakfast with Ben Kerslake from the Kerslake Foundation for Melanoma, Jeremy Forbes from HALT, Ivan Phillips (White Ribbon Ambassador) and Peter Borda from Peter Borda Coaching, Whyalla.
32 men came along to hear the speakers talk about their experiences with mental health.
The children enjoyed gymnastics and nature walks, boxing, yoga and meditation, experiencing activities that will nurture their body and mind.
Workshops for the adults included parenting positively and Mindful Awareness Parenting, How to live positively, healing your mind and body, finding your best self and activities like yoga, meditation, Qi Gong and an excellent display at the Men’s Beer Yoga.
Saturday afternoon the public were entertained in the main street by Brook Newton on the guitar, kids chalked the road, families enjoyed the peace and fun atmosphere in the street whilst locals and others provided us all with stalls to look at and information to discover.
People lined up all day for skin checks by Annie from Melanoma SA.
100 people had their skin checked, with six people referred for further checks and one melanoma picked up, showing the importance of getting skin checks regularly.
130 people spent their Saturday night at the Kimba Gateway Hotel listening to speakers Michael Crossland and Ivan Phillips.
Ivan spoke on the death of his daughter through domestic violence, his work to help others and his way of moving forward even after the later death of his wife and living in their honour.
Both speakers didn’t leave a dry eye in the audience with Michael Crossland sharing his life story of life threatening illness after illness. Michael spoke about maintaining hope and a positive mindset.
Despite still battling cancer and raising a new family, he continues to reach out to others across the world.
Sunday morning 60 people participated in the 5km and 10 km walk/run. One of the winners, Simon Bates, donated half his $500 prize money back to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Group.
Arts activities and other events continued for the children and another nine workshops to add to the 28 in total for the weekend were undertaken over the day Sunday.
The public loved that they could go out for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel, Eileen’s or with pop up shop Alive and Well.
Throughout the weekend, participants gained new knowledge, hope and learnt many ways to help themselves, their families and others as well as taking some timeout to enjoy life.