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Men’s group receives high commendation award

The Clarence Valley Aboriginal Men’s Group Incorporated [CVAMGI] has received a Certificate of High Commendation from Way Ahead – Mental Health NSW. The CVAMGI was originally founded in 2001 by local Bundjalung and Gumbaynggirr men who identified the social, family and community benefits, for aboriginal men to come together. In 2010 the group opened up to all men, as a sign of solidarity in working towards better relationships between men in the Clarence Valley, regardless of race. The group allows men to share and address personal issues and give them a sense of inclusion whilst contributing towards a happier and healthier community. Issues addressed by the group relate to various types of addiction including drug abuse, gambling, juvenile crime and mental health. CVAMGI public officer John Shearer said the group were over the moon with their achievement, after being nominated for the Mental Health Matters Award. “Anyone is welcome to come along to the free BBQ breakfast which is held every Thursday morning from 8.30am, at 69 Wharf Street, South Grafton,” Mr Shearer said. “Come along and have some brekkie and bit of a yarn.” The breakfast is free; however there is a donation box available for a gold coin donation from anyone wishing to make a contribution.