TRUNDLE and Tottenham residents are set to receive a dose of much-needed comic relief, with comedian Damian Callinan to visit the town in July as part of the The National Recovery and Resilience Agency's (NRRA) What a Relief! tour.
Each event will include a community barbecue and, as well, local service providers will be present to provide information, advice and support.
Community members will be able to chat with NRRA's local Recovery Support Officer, Sandy McNaughton; as well as talk to a Rural Financial Counsellor, representatives from the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program, and have a check-up with primary healthcare nurses from Healthwise.
Applications for $500 Rotary debit cards, to be spent locally, will also be available.
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NRRA coordinator-general Shane L. Stone said many in NSW had been grappling with drought, floods, bushfires as well as COVID-19, and it can take a toll on people's physical and mental wellbeing.
"We know, through our experiences helping communities through recovery, that when you're doing it tough it's vitally important to come together as a community, unwind and enjoy some down time together, " he said.
"While we focus on recovery, it's important to take care of mental wellbeing as well."
Sandy, who has been a key organiser of these events, said she hopes people will come along for a fun evening.
"What a Relief! will unite community members in local halls to enjoy some dry humour for these dry times and share a meal in good company, and perhaps be able to get some extra support if they need it, as well," she said.
Damian is best known for his award-winning feature film The Merger which has screened internationally, before making its debut on Netflix in January.
For more details, head to the National Recovery and Resilience website: www.recovery.gov.au/sponsored-events
Trundle: 6pm July 28 at Trundle Memorial Hall
Tottenham: 6pm July 29 at Tottenham Memorial Hall
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