Free barbecues and workshops will be held every fortnight as part of the Cool Heads Street Outreach Service.
Free barbecues and workshops will be held every fortnight as part of the Cool Heads Street Outreach Service.

Fire in bellies without alcohol

YOUNG people learnt to twirl fire last weekend in Coolangatta as an alternative to the drinking scene.

The free workshop in Goodwin Park was run by Cool Heads Street Outreach Program.

One of the organisers Fi Sproule said about 30 young people turned up to their debut event on Friday night, which will now be held every fortnight.

“It was just a start, but it was really good,” Mrs Sproule said.

“We’re not aiming to get 100 kids there, just engage the ones at Coolangatta.

“The Coolangatta Police came down and they were really supportive.”

She said they are expecting numbers to increase every week, especially on November 27.

“Our next event will be laser skirmish on November 27,” Mrs Sproule said.

“A lot of kids are already saying they’re looking forward to that for sure.”

All Cool Heads events are free and organisers even put on a barbecue.

“Cool Heads has been going up and down the coast and off- ering an outreach service; making sure kids are safe.” Mrs Sproule said.

“We’re trying to get them away from the drinking energy and engage them in healthy, clean activities.”

The outreach service is partnered with St Joseph’s Youth Service, Queensland Police, Tweed Shire Council, Gold Coast City Council and the Youth at Risk Alliance.

Mrs Sproule said they area lso looking for more program volunteers. Anyone interested can call Mrs Sproule or fellow-organiser Lyn Porter on (07) 5589 1800.

The event following laser skirmish on November 27 will be a Christmas party on December 18. All activities start at 8pm (DST).

Other activities planned for next year are art workshops, movies in the park, trivia and games nights and acrobatic and circus workshops, as well as the usual barbecue.


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