Blue trees and colourful boots are popping up around the region, including a vibrant display at Angaston Road’s John Dallwitz Reserve that is not only highlighting the Blue Tree Project message of “It’s OK to not to be OK” and the work of Beyond Blue, but also promoting this Sunday’s “A Day in the Paddock”.
A free event celebrating community and “supporting your mates”, the day’s entertainment runs from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., and offers Barossa residents the opportunity to come together and enjoy some good old fashioned country hospitality, food and wine, whilst also equipping them with skills needed to deliver good mental health.
Instigated by Megan McLouglin, from Herd of Hope, money raised on the day will provide vouchers at local coffee shops in an initiative that aims to help friends ask “R.U. OK?” and offer a listening ear over a cuppa “On the Paddock”.
The Barossa Council Mayor Michael “Bim” Lange said as lives become busier with increasing demands on time, promoting positive mental health has never been more important.
“This can especially be the case in regional communities, that’s why Council
has been proud to support “A Day in the Paddock”, said Mayor Lange.
“The concept of taking time out from our schedules for genuine face-to-face conversation with our friends and neighbours is something we should value and appreciate.
“It’s been our privilege to provide a beautiful setting and promotion for this terrific initiative, and we hope the community comes out in force to enjoy the hospitality and friendship on offer.”