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Role models head to East Gippsland

Juanita Duncan will be a role model at the 3on3

Juanita Duncan will be a role model at the 3on3

Some of Australia’s best known Indigenous role models will be at the East Gippsland National Indigenous 3on3 Basketball and Hip Hop Challenge – the Vibe 3on3® on Wednesday, 5 March.

Well-known Aboriginal actor and Play School presenter Luke Carroll will MC the event and is just one of the inspiring role models who will on hand to inspire the youth at the action-packed event.

“The Vibe 3on3® offers the young people of East Gippsland and surrounding areas the chance to take part in 3on3 basketball, rapping and break dancing lessons, art workshops, a dance competition and a health expo, all accompanied by the latest RnB, hip hop and Indigenous music,” says Executive Producer Gavin Jones.

Talented local artist Kevin Ellis will host the art workshops whilst the Deadly Move it Mob Style® dancers Ryka Satrick and Juanita Duncan are getting ready to show off their moves at the Vibe 3on3® in East Gippsland.

Jimblah, one of the freshest and most powerful voices in local hip hop, will be hosting the rap workshop. Jimblah’s latest album ‘Phoenix’ was released October 2013 and was universally adored by critics and fans and quickly stormed to #1 on the AIR Chart.

Along with a host of inspiring role models, the Vibe 3on3® hosts a special health expo, which teaches young people about healthy lifestyles that helps them to look and feel good, and get the most out of life! The Vibe 3on3® health expo brings local and regional health organisations together into one area so that young people can connect with the health providers in their communities, and learn about their health in a fun, engaging and interactive environment.

“We want our young mob to be the best they can be and that means being strong when things get tough and not being shame to ask for help if you have to. That’s why our health expo is so important to the event, because it shows kids who’s on hand to help when needed.” says Executive Producer Gavin Jones

In addition, this year at the Vibe 3on3® we have a focus on connection – opportunities to share stories, resources and culture. The ‘Chat with a Champion’ workshop for young people is led by a Vibe facilitator, a local mental health worker mentor and a high profile Indigenous celebrity role model.

“There’ll be opportunities for the young people to learn about keeping your cool under pressure, better ways to manage conflict, and some good tools to help problem-solving. One of our biggest messages we reinforce on the day, is staying away from drugs and alcohol.” says Executive Producer Gavin Jones.

There’ll also be an opening ceremony and a free healthy breakfast and BBQ lunch for young people attending the event. To participate, young people need to pre-register in teams of four or five through their school by Wednesday 19 February.

The event is capped at 350 students so get in quick to gain your spot. It will be held at the Bairnsdale Aquatic & Recreation Centre, 80 McKean St, Bairnsdale.

Registrations for the Vibe 3on3® are open now, and schools can visit the website to register, or call 02-9361 0140.

The Vibe 3on3® aims to promote healthy lifestyles, strengthen communities and boost self-esteem. The Vibe 3on3® is also an excellent opportunity for health services and related organisations to introduce themselves to the wider community. For more information go to 

Vibe would like to acknowledge the assistance of “Supporting Communities to Reduce the Risk of Suicide” component of the “Taking Action to Tackle Suicide” Program.

The Vibe 3on3® would not be possible without its Principal Sponsor the Department of Health as well as our sponsors – the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Headspace , and the National Rural Health Students Network and our local sponsors including GEGAC (Gippsland & East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative), Bairnsdale Aquatic & Recreation Centre, David Lucke’s Fresh Food Market.

We’d also like to acknowledge our supporters the Jimmy Little Foundation, Koori Mail, Deadly Sounds, Deadly Vibe, Deadly Vibe Wire and

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