It’s been a busy weekend, and we’ve had some great email conversations with accommodation sponsors and community groups who are interested in booking us to speak at a meeting. We’re focussing on Victoria & Tasmania, as the first states we are touring.
The Ibis Caravan Park in Kerang is donating a night’s accommodation in a cabin, and the Pelican Waters Tourist Park at Lake Charm was going to give us a week in a powered site. We’re only taking them up on one night, but only because we have a few timelines to stick to enroute! Both venues have been very supportive of our cause, and we’re looking forward to meeting them in person.
We’ve also been contacted by three branches of the Country Women’s Association (CWA) in Victoria, and they have offered to help arrange community events as we pass through their locations. We love the CWA and the work they do for their communities, so this will be a great way to have discussions about mental health in country towns – areas so often left behind when states allocate resources.
It’s just the beginning, and sometimes just stopping in the main street of a town to have a coffee will be enough to start people talking to us. We are ready to say hello to everyone, even though it will challenge us. Discussions about mental health, suicide prevention, and avenues of assistance, need to be had, openly, and without judgement. This is why we are undertaking this trip!