Did you FEEL the Vibes?November 1, 2018
Getting the RU OK? message out there in fun-style!
This past month has be incredibly exciting for our charity organisation with the very first Good Vibes Festival held in Traralgon and Inverloch where over 12,000 attendees across the two festivals enjoyed a day of fun and entertainment in the name of raising awareness of mental health and the importance of checking in with friends, family and the broader community.
The day offered a wide range of free activities for the kids, an impressive array of craft from local makers, great food from Gippsland food traders and a free BBQ provided by Maxima Disability Employment Services.
While soaking up the amazing weather, crowds enjoyed a stellar stage line-up of Gippsland artists who are making their mark in the Australian music scene including Kwasi, Darcy Fox, Wolf & Willow, Mel Pollard and Phoebe Trinidad along with special guests Sam Bramham O.A.M, local Pride of Australia medal winner Beau Vernon and Shane Hryhorec who spoke to the crowd about the importance of reaching out to ask friends, family and the community “R U OK?”
The Good Vibes Festival’s main purpose was to promote the R U OK? message to the community and show that we can all support those who may be struggling simply by starting a conversation, all made possible by funding from Gippsland Primary Health Network.
Local Health Organisations such as Youth Support & Advocacy Service (YSAS), WellWays Australia, Latrobe Community Health Service, Latrobe Valley Street Games and ACSO were on hand to provide information on services available in the area as well as to discuss the R U OK message? with festival goers.
The engagement of the local community with the R U OK? message through attendance at the festival was tremendous. This was more than just a fabulous day of family activities, good food and great music but also demonstrated that people are eager to learn more about how they can reach out to friends and family in times of need.
A huge thank you to all our staff and volunteers who rallied around the festival to make it the huge success it was.
It’s very much hoped that it will become an annual event so watch this space!