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Community spirit the winner at Carbal Family Fun Day

Gold Coast Titans players (from left) Brad Tighe, Maurice Blair and Albert Kelly enjoy the Carbal Family Fun Day with (from left) Rayleigh Colliss, Crystal Weatherall, Tayla Comer, Caitlin Lingwoodock, Liryc Comer and Alisha Wight.
Gold Coast Titans players (from left) Brad Tighe, Maurice Blair and Albert Kelly enjoy the Carbal Family Fun Day with (from left) Rayleigh Colliss, Crystal Weatherall, Tayla Comer, Caitlin Lingwoodock, Liryc Comer and Alisha Wight. Stuart Cumming

A FAST-PACED but friendly-spirited touch football match between police and members of Toowoomba's Indigenous community typified the positive atmosphere of the Carbal Family Fun Day.

The Indigenous Community team took out this year's Queensland Health Community Cup, receiving the winning trophy from Gold Coast Titans NRL stars Brad Tighe, Maurice Blair and Albert Kelly.

Carbal Medical Centre CEO Dr Harry Randhawa said holding the annual touch football match as part of the family fun day was a great way to celebrate Toowoomba's Indigenous community.

Toowoomba Hospital critical care unit nurse unit manager Chris Hombsch runs the ball during the Queensland Health Community Cup.
Toowoomba Hospital critical care unit nurse unit manager Chris Hombsch runs the ball during the Queensland Health Community Cup. Photo Contributed

It was also an opportunity to pass on important health messages such as the negative effects of smoking tobacco.

"The big message is not smoking," Dr Randhawa said.

"It is a big contributor to chronic disease."

Good nutrition and exercise were also encouraged throughout the day.

Activities included art classes and face painting as well as hip hop dance workshops.

Ben Porter from dance workshop group Lyrical Equations said plenty of kids were eager to learn new skills.

"We've had some really good results with our young people being really enthused and engaged with our workshops," Mr Porter said.

Toowoomba mother-of-four Jasmin Lenane said her children had enjoyed all of the activities.

She watched on as they reached the front of a long queue to have their faces painted.

"It is just a good family day out," Miss Lenane said.

Topics:  carbal medical centre family fun day indigenous health queensland health toowoomba


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