Tackling Indigenous Smoking focus at Wello v Macquarie game

- Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Quit B Fit Tackling Indigenous Smoking program is proud to collaborate with Wellington Cowboys and Macquarie Rugby League clubs to promote living smoke-free.

The game, at Kennard Park Wellington this Saturday will be preceded with League Tag which kicks off at 2pm. “Quit B Fit has sponsored the first grade jerseys for the match, with the aim of promoting smoke-free homes, cars and communities,” said Quit B Fit team leader, Chris Ah See.

“We aim to provide information and education on the harmful effects of tobacco smoke, in particular; highlighting the effects of second and third hand smoke,” he said.

As a major sponsor of Wellington Cowboys Rugby League Football Club, Quit B Fit have set up designated smoking areas at every home game and encourage spectators to use these.

“Quit B Fit encourages the community to say hi to them on game day and learn about referral pathways for those who wish to quit or seek smoking cessation advice.

“The Quit B Fit team will be there to provide advice and there will be educational announcements about the effects of tobacco smoke throughout the day,” Mr Ah See said.

“With the recent statistics released around smoking for the Wellington community, it is important that we provide the community with information to help them make more informed health choices.

“There are direct links between smoking and many chronic illnesses and we hope by having a strong presence within the community, we will be able to assist in reducing chronic illness and smoking rates.”

Keep an eye out for Cowboys players spreading the Quit B Fit – Living Smoke free message on social media really soon @quitbfit #quitbfit

New date in November for National Indigenous Touch Football Knockout

- Friday, June 02, 2017

The National Indigenous Touch Football Knockout planned for this June long weekend has been postponed to November.

Wellington Aboriginal Corporation Health Service’s Quit B Fit – Tackling Indigenous Smoking Program and Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in conjunction with NSW Touch Football & Touch Football Australia and Dubbo Regional Council will host the 2017 National Indigenous Touch Carnival Knockout which will be the first of its kind in Australia.

“The organising committee agreed to change the date and also review the registration and competitor criteria to encourage more registrations to ensure a highly successful event for Dubbo,” said WACHS CEO Darren Ah See.

The Knockout will be open to men, women’s, mixed and junior grades and will feature a prize pool of up to $40,000 for winners and runner’s up.

“The revised registration and competitor details will be available on the event’s website and social media on 1 July 2017.

Mr Ah See encourages all interested players to get involved.

“We have received overwhelming support from the community and we thank the sponsors on board already including the Western NSW Local Health District, Cloudwize, Sydney University, and Western Plains Zoo.

“We will be moving forward in November with our plans to host a health hub and kids activity/entertainment area at the Knockout to promote healthy living,” he said.

“We’re also planning entertainment and an open mic session for amateur musicians to make the weekend a family fun-filled time,” he said.

For more information visit the KO website www.indigenoustouchknockout.sportingpulse.net or follow @quitbfit on Facebook and #quitbfit on Twitter and Instagram.

Media Contact: Rebekah Bullock 0407959781

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