Bridges Health & Community Care CEO Sharon Sarah is asking North Burnett locals to nominate a mate who has been through hardship. Photo/Bridges.
Bridges Health & Community Care CEO Sharon Sarah is asking North Burnett locals to nominate a mate who has been through hardship. Photo/Bridges.

North Burnett project will allow 20 blokes to ‘take a break’

OVER the past several years, the North Burnett has experienced natural disasters, loss of industry, and now to top it all off, a global pandemic. Managing your mental health, and the mental health of those around you, has never been more important, which is why Bridges Health & Community Care have launched the Tag a Mate, Take a Break Project.

Through an Expression of Interest process, 20 men in the North Burnett region will have the opportunity to take some time out and enjoy a weekend of fishing, food, and relaxation in Hervey Bay this October.

The Take a Break Men’s Fishing Retreat will include a night at the Mantra, a half day fishing charter on the Princess II, and dinner on the Saturday evening with speakers including special guest, TV presenter and ex-rugby player, Shane Webcke.

“We are calling for men in the North Burnett to nominate a mate who has been through hardship,” Bridges Health & Community Care CEO Sharon Sarah said

“Together they can take a break in Hervey Bay with fishing and dinner. Taking time out is great for our wellbeing and we are offering this to deserving North Burnett residents.”

“COVID put a spanner in the works for the roll out of many events, but we are pleased to be able to finally offer this event at a crucial time.”

The weekend is timed for International Mental Health Day on Saturday October 10. To comply with new restrictions, half the men will go fishing on the Saturday and the other half on Sunday.

Men wishing to nominate a mate can apply using a form available through libraries across the region from today (September 9) or they can be downloaded from the Bridges website here.

Completed forms can be posted to Bridges or emailed to communications@bas.org.au by Friday September 18. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by Friday September 25 by phone or email.

An event for Women will be announced soon for early 2021.

The Tag a Mate, Take a Break project is a project being managed by Bridges Health & Community Care and is an initiative funded by the Queensland Government Tackling Regional Adversity through Integrated Care grant program.

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