Day to promote lifestyle

HUNDREDS of indigenous children aged five to 17 will be honing their sporting skills in an anti-binge drinking initiative in Rockhampton today.

Milbi chief executive Lloyd Willie says the sports day is all about encouraging young people to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.

Sports development officers will be teaching soccer, basketball, rugby league, touch football, cricket, softball and netball.

“The kids who are are too young to do some of the activities will be running in egg and spoon races and things like that,” said Lloyd.

“We are also encouraging healthy eating and we've had support from businesses like Robbie D.”

The first 400 children to register in Elizabeth Park, North Rockhampton from 9 o'clock this morning will get a shirt and cap and will be able to take part in the sports sessions.

“Nobody will be turned away and I think we will have at least 500 youngsters from all over the Rockhampton region,” said Lloyd.

Non-indigenous children and their parents are also encouraged to come along but the sports day is an initiative to spread the message to the indigenous community that life can be lots of fun without alcohol.



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