Spreading the word in Geraldton

6 February 2018

Almost 200 young people and their families attended the Geraldton Youth-A-Rama at Mitchell Park, Geraldton. The drug- and alcohol-free event was hosted by Geraldton Regional Aboriginal Medical Service and was an opportunity for young people to take part in fun activities and receive information from local service providers.
manekin in hat and life ring
The event included a DJ, live music, fun games and a number of information stalls promoting local services and health messages.

On average, four young people drown each year, with 30% of these involving alcohol. Aboriginal people and those in regional areas are often over-represented in drowning statistics, making the event a great opportunity a to promote the Don’t Drink and Drown message to a vulnerable group.

Young people attending the event were able to participate in a game where they wore vision-altering ‘beer googles’ and tried to throw a life ring over a manikin. This fun activity reminded young people that even small amounts of alcohol can reduce your coordination, impair your judgement and reduce your reaction time.

Don’t Drink and Drown volunteer and Geraldton local, Mel, attended the Youth-A-Rama and said the event was a great opportunity to promote the Don’t Drink and Drown message to local youth.

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