Friday 10 June 2011

Curtis Finn Touch Tournament

Today a bunch of people are getting together in Bilambil all in the name of raising awareness of youth suicide and youth depression.
The 2nd Annual Curtis Finn Touch Tournament will be held at Bilambil Sports Fields will be held today in memory of the late Tweed man who tragically took his own life two years ago.
Competition organiser and sister to Curtis, Tamra Forde, said she decided to hold another carnival after last year’s success.
“Last year we had teams already promising to be bigger and better before the day was over,” she said.
“There was such a comradery amongst everyone; we knew it was something that could be even better.”
Tamra says she hopes this will become a major event in the Gold Coast/Tweed Community to raise awareness for suicide prevention in partnership with the Inspire Foundation.
“As a new community event, we want to raise awareness about the issues facing young people and how we can help them and support the families who go through what we have,” she said.
“In turn we also aim to help decrease the rate of suicide amongst young people.”
Last year’s turn out saw 13 teams register with over 170 players, and over 150 people in attendance.
“We are hoping for as many teams as we can, and of course, the more the merrier at the fundraiser day,” Tamra said.
Again this year all funds raised will be donated to the Inspire Foundation.
“Last year our community event was the largest and most successful for Inspire, which is a great motivation for us to be involved with them again this year,” Tamra said.
“This time around the emotion is not as raw but it is just as hard to bring such a big event together for someone you loved so much,” said Tamra.
“Bringing the community together in Curtis's name and to raise awareness of this issue makes us happy to make a difference.
“For everyone to stand together - it was just awesome last year to see how many people wanted to be involved for Curtis.”
The competition kicks off at 9am at Bilambil Sports Fields from 9am.
There will be raffles and prizes, a BBQ, home made cakes, stalls and live entertainment after the final, come and watch the action.

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