The Golden Gift - headspace Kalgoorlie attends regional festival
On the 30th May headspace and Hope Community Services made the 235km journey in the Hope CS Street Van from Kalgoorlie to Leonora for The Golden Gift Festival.
Day 1 - First stop on the road was the Leonora Football Oval to watch the Leonora versus Laverton footy match. Next we headed into town and set up the Street Van and headspace marquee on the main street. Whilst most of the adults were having a grand time at the horse races, there were plenty of helpful young people around to help us with the set-up of the headspace stall and tie-dye activity.
headspace offered young people an opportunity to create their own tie-dyed headspace bag. Pink, purple, blue, green, orange, yellow - everyone could get creative with colour and design, swirls, spirals, doughnuts, dots! Some amazing tie-dye patterns were revealed - parents and children alike enjoying the activity.
At night time there was a wonderful concert involving The Lulu's, the Leonora School Choir, a Creedance tribute band and a brilliant display of fireworks. The highlight of the night for headspace was the Leonora School Choir singing We Are Australian in local language Wongatha - just amazing!
Day 2 - Today saw even more young people around town and other activities for young people set up near headspace. There was face painting, balloon animal creation, and fun games provided by the local youth centre. headspace engaged with over 100 young people, letting them know of headspace in Kalgoorlie, eheadspace and the services offered by lead agency Hope Community Services.
Sunday saw many market stalls lining the main street with various food, clothing, jewellery and bric-a-brac on sale. One of the highlights of Sunday was the children's races organised by one of the local school teachers. From toddlers who were just walking, right up until those in year 7 sure to have a stellar running career in the future. The finals for all of the athletic events occurred throughout the day, including the famous Elite Golden Mile races, and the finish of the two-stage Goldfields Cyclassic event.
Overall headspace had an amazing time at The Golden Gift festival in Leonora - we can't wait to go back next year!