Eastern Eyre clubs to host Breakthrough Round

LEADERS: Kimba A grade football and netball captains Joel Fitzgerald and Krystal Dart will take part in the inaugural Breakthrough Community Round this weekend.
LEADERS: Kimba A grade football and netball captains Joel Fitzgerald and Krystal Dart will take part in the inaugural Breakthrough Community Round this weekend.

Eastern Eyre football and netball clubs will join community sporting organisations across the state in the inaugural Breakthrough Community Round this weekend.

The round aims to raise awareness of mental illness and raise funds for the Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation following a partnership between the foundation and the SANFL.

Eastern Eyre clubs have thrown their support behind the initiative, with events planned at home grounds Kimba and Rudall.

Beyond Blue ambassador Tony McManus will be speaking after training at Kimba this week on Thursday, June 20, before visiting Rudall on Saturday to speak at the club in the evening after the games.

Mr McManus will share his own story of how mental illness has impacted him and his family.

Rudall will also be hosting a children's movie night, with the community encouraged to dress in blue and purple and buy raffle tickets to raise money for the Breakthrough Foundation.

At the Kimba event on Thursday, Jeremy Edwards from Headspace Whyalla will also be speaking.

Family and Business Scout and EPIC Grain Brokers director Steve Whillas has been named as an ambassador of the day in Kimba.

The Kimba Mental Health and Wellbeing Group partnered with the football and netball club to organise events for the round.

Group member Meagan Lienert said it was great to see sporting organisations put an emphasis on mental health.

"It's fantastic to see the SANFL take on board how important this is in communities and raise awareness," she said.

Mrs Lienert said sporting organisations had a "very important" role to play in promoting wellbeing in country communities as a community gathering place for people of varying ages and social groups.

"It's just a place where people can connect with others... you can pick up if someone isn't feeling as well."

Kimba Football Club president Peter Woolford said the club was more than happy to get involved.

"Mental health is such an important issue," he said,

"It's our responsibility as a club to make sure all our people in the community are supported.

"It's an important job we all have to take on."