October 14, 2020
Cherbourg residents gathered together on Wednesday after a tough year in the community to pause, yarn and “heal”.
The “Community Healing Event” event at the Cherbourg Sports Centre – part of Mental Health Week activities – was organised by the community’s radio station, Cherbourg Radio, in conjunction with APM NDIS.
Cherbourg residents endured the toughest COVID-19 restrictions of any community in the South Burnett earlier this year, with special passes required to enter the town and restrictions on who could leave.
On top of this, there has been too much sorry business … including young deaths that have hurt too many families.
The aim of the day was to encourage local residents to get together to support each other, relax and enjoy some free entertainment.
There was face painting for the children, kids’ activities plus performances by the Wakka Wakka dancers, Murgon State High School’s “Mob Choir” and Muddy Flats.
Cherbourg Radio broadcast live from the event and invited guests on air to share positive thoughts as well as moving stories of loss and grief.
Local resident Bronwyn Murray had a simple message for listeners … every day should be RUOK day.
“When you wake up in the morning, asking RU OK, just saying ‘good morning’ makes a helluva difference! It makes your family know they are wanted and acknowledged,” she said.
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Wakka Wakka Dancers
The Wakka Wakka dancers shared culture to an appreciative audience …