From learning to hug to dancing our cares away

The Voice winner, Judah Kelly, will be in Goondiwindi for a concert on Saturday and River Jam on Sunday.
The Voice winner, Judah Kelly, will be in Goondiwindi for a concert on Saturday and River Jam on Sunday.

What a week it's going to be.

Over the next few days The Resilience Project will be in town helping us learn how to cope when times get tough and then on Saturday, we can dance our cares away to one of Australia's most dynamic singers.

And that's just the prelude to Goondiwindi's annual River Jam on Sunday. The Resilience Project began yesterday when facilitator and motivational speaker Martin Heppell spoke to Goondiwindi students and teachers. Tonight he will speak at a Men's Night while tomorrow he will speak to more students and a general community event.

"Martin's a wonderful speaker and once you've heard him you'll wonder how a small town could be so lucky to get him here in person," Care community development officer, Kirsty Dowling said. Fortunately Care Goondiwindi together with the Tie Up the Black Dog Committee were successful in an application to Queensland Health. "Despite their very heavy commitments which see them booked out two years in advance we have been lucky enough to be able to bring them to Goondiwindi," Kirsty said.

"Make an effort to come along to one of the presentations, you won't be sorry," she said

As many as one in five adults aged 18-85, one in seven primary school-aged children and one in four teenagers will experience a mental illness this year. "These statistics are extremely alarming and sadly with the devastating effects of drought we can only expect these numbers will rise," Kirsty said. For more information contact Kirsty.dowling@caregoondiwindi.org.au, phone 46700700 M: 0412459784 or phone Mary Woods on 0428716582.

On Saturday it is time to dance your cares away with Judah Kelly, the 2017 winner of The Voice who will be performing at the Goondiwindi Cinema and Theatre. But the main reason Judah is in town, is to judge River Jam on Sunday.

The doors open for drinks and nibbles from 6.30 and the concert begins at 7pm. Tickets from the PCYC. River Jam at the Botanic Gardens begins on Sunday at 10a.m. Apart from the entertainment there's plenty of food, refreshments and stalls. There will also be raffle tickets on the day to win a guitar donated by Phil O'Shea and signed by Judah Kelly. The annual celebration of music and musical talent is in its 17th year. "We couldn't be happier about having Judah as judge," one of the driving forces behind River Jam for its 17 year history, Phil O'Shea said. This year's competition is organised by the PCYC.