Presented By Tamworth Ice Action Group
Raising the Awareness is the brain child of the Tamworth Ice Action Group, led by Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson, and aims to provide education and insight into the dangers of drugs as well as provide skills to school aged students to be able to form healthy relationships and understand more about how they respond in difficult situations.
The event will host approximately 700 year 9 students over two days where they will hear from local mental health, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and fitness professionals as well as a special address from Luke Kennedy. Luke was formerly an obese alcoholic and drug addict. He was leader of a street fighting and graffiti crew. Luke came close to death numerous times and also nearly killed others in street battles. He was stabbed on two separate occasions; once in the lung and the other time in the head.
Luke captivates his audience after his first sentence and then takes them on a ‘journey’ of how his life turned from an innocent, happy childhood to violence and drugs. He then shows how he got out of that life and now runs a successful business helping others both physically and emotionally. After his total turn around Luke won a State Title in boxing.
"We want to focus on early intervention and education to help drive down drug use in the community. If we can help influence our young people to make healthy choices we can make an impact in our community’s future"
Kevin Anderson, Member for Tamworth
This free event is being offered to local year 9 students with assistance from the NSW Government, Tamworth Regional Council, Centacare New England North West, Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service, NSW Police - Oxley Local Area Command, NSW Ambulance, Headspace, 360 Fitness Club and the Tamworth Ice Action Group.
NB. If you are a Year 9 Student or you are the parent or guardian of a Year 9 Student, please contact your school principal for further information on session times for your school.
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