Broome Deadly Diva Day another smashing hit!

On Wednesday 20th September, 65 young women aged 14-17yrs from Broome and Bidyadanga participated in Garnduwa’s Smarter than Smoking Deadly Diva Day at the Notre Dame University Hall.

This day is about arming the young women of the West Kimberley with information on how to lead a positive, healthy life. There are many services in the area that can help people do this and we were fortunate enough to be supported by so many local agencies and businesses who contributed to the successful planning and delivery of the event.

This year many agencies worked together to deliver five (40min) entertaining, informative sessions for the girls to participate. These included preparing tasty snacks and body scrubs using natural products to look after yourself inside and out, learning the art of making jewellery as a means of connecting and yarning to people about what matters and caring about yourself and others. The girls learnt some new yoga moves as an alternative to destress and find peace and also learnt about E-safety, whilst looking at some online examples of bullying. They yarned with the ladies about who they can turn to when things get tough and who can help them, got their heart rates up with some team building activities and of course the annual hip hop dance routine. Lastly, they celebrated the clean air that we have and were taught what can happen if they damage that clean air by smoking.

A massive thank you must go to the all service providers that ran sessions, helped out in preparation for the day, donated items for our health and wellness bags and the volunteers who came down and pitched in to make the day run smoothly. Without them, days like this just don’t happen; Redcross, PCYC, Helping Minds, Child & Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS), WA Country Health Service, Cancer Council WA, BRAMS- Tackling Indigenous Smoking, Boab Health, Kimberley Mental Health and Drug Services and BYFH.

Huge thanks must also go to Dot, Garnduwa’s champ Bookkeeper who kindly donated her time to bake some very delicious zucchini and bacon slices and cranberry and pumpkin seed muffins for morning tea. Finally, special thanks to Broome Boulevard Café, Chinatown Pharmacy, Cable Beach Club Resort, Hidden Valley Handcrafts, KAMS, Wunan Foundation, Sportspower, Aboriginal Family Law Services and Wirrpanda Foundation who donate a range of goodies year after year for our health and wellness bags. Each participant takes home a bag packed with goodies to encourage health promotion and healthy lifestyles with their families on their return home.  

The day was a huge success largely due to the effort that this year’s Deadly Divas put in on the day. Congratulations to all of them especially those that danced right to the end with the hip hop session choreographed by Astyn from Studio 34.

Looking forward to the next group of Deadly Divas in 2018!