For most people I know – it’s been a pretty rough couple of years – but even in the midst of all of this rain, there seems to be a trickle of light cascading down from the mountains.
Let’s Get Together and Celebrate Dorrigo Plateau is a free event taking place from 11am to 3pm on Sunday the 28thof March at the Dorrigo Showground. An initiative put by the Dorrigo Suicide Prevention Committee, this event wishes to acknowledge those lost and affected by incidences of suicide, and honour the towns farmers, families, volunteers and emergency services who have come together with endless love, support, and compassion for their treasured community.
“When a community comes together it can bring a sense of understanding, familiarity and the relief that someone else gets where you are at this moment. Community gatherings provide opportunities on various levels. It may be simply time out from the draining thoughts of the current times, it may be a chat with someone who relates, it may be an opportunity to observe others, or it may just be an opportunity to access information and resources.”
The event will celebrate the towns local talent with music, storytelling, street artists, and whip cracking. There will be support available for those in need – with the RFS, SES, and Ambulances on site, and a candid talk from Gary Bentley of Rural Aid who will speak openly to the farming community about the help that is available, how and where to access it.
“The event is being held in open-air and provides the opportunity to put your picnic blanket next to someone or sit by yourself. If you are feeling anxious about being there – come sit in your car and listen but the main thing about that conversation is to try and make a connection. If someone is experiencing anxiety or a low sense of wellbeing, they need to be respected not rescued.”
So, pack your picnic, your rug, all of your love, and take to the mountains this coming Sunday the 28thof March. Enjoy hot drinks and mocktails by donation and take home a goodies bag that’ll remind you of the importance of growth and regeneration.
“There is safety there. No pressure, just enjoy, soak it up, participate on a level you feel comfortable with. Take away some memories – and some hope.”
By Pyari Pathania