A ‘LOOK over the farm gate’ grant from the Royal Flying Doctor Service has kicked a group of Stanhope locals into gear.
The grant was aimed at providing funding for small community groups to run community events to address the importance of looking after mental health.
Stanhope Health and Waranga Community Health combined with The Stanhope Men’s Shed and the much appreciated sponsors — Murray Dairy, Australian Consolidated Milk, Stanhope Football/Netball Club, Fonterra, Stanhope and District Development Committee, Rural Bank, Rushworth and District Community Bank and the Shire of Campaspe are holding a Family Fun Night, targeted at local farmers and members of the local community, with one major drawcard.
Essendon legend Kevin Sheedy, who played and coached a combined record 929 games, will be in attendance to talk to local farmers and members of the local community.
The free night will be held on Friday April 20, at 6.30pm at the Stanhope Recreation Reserve with Sheedy to talk inside the clubrooms.
“We are pretty much going to give him the floor, he came to Stanhope a few years back and was really well received,” community liaison officer for Murray Dairy, Andrew Hipwell said.
“He is a really inspirational speaker, but not only that he can talk and relate to anyone.
“With everything that has been going on lately in the dairy industry, we wanted to give farmers a chance to get away from the farm and come and enjoy a night out.
“The dairy industry is a huge part of this community and the history of Stanhope and district, we have to look after our farmers and their mental health.”
The kids won’t miss out, with a free family movie on the big screen, snow cones and popcorn — just bring a chair or picnic rug.
The Stanhope Men’s Shed will run a barbecue throughout the night so no one goes hungry.
As well as speaking, Sheedy, in tandem with the Essendon Football Club, has organised 60 tickets for local farmers to watch Essendon play in the 2018 ‘farmers round’, with more information on the tickets to come.