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Swap a tinnie for a tinnie

Date posted: 14 April 2015

A pilot fishing program aimed at men in Kowanyama, Queensland, will be launched by the Apunipima Cape York Health Council, in a bid to ditch alcohol for a day of fishing.

The alcohol diversionary program, Swap a tinnie (alcohol) for a tinnie (boat) is the brainchild of Social and Emotional Wellbeing Men’s Health Worker, Michael Drahm, and offers participants a unique path to a healthier lifestyle.

The inaugural one-night camp at Kowanyama for men and boys will provide empowerment to lead a healthy lifestyle and is culturally specific to participants of the community.

The program will involve an alcohol-free fishing day and informal education at the Kowanyama men's group over a series of weeks focussing on alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, nutrition, family and mental health.

'Everyone in community loves fishing so what better way to get fathers and sons, brothers, uncles and grandads to yarn about issues in a tinnie without the need for alcohol,' Mr Drahm said.

'It's not a quick fix but every step is a step forward. If they want to talk about issues we'll talk about issues. If they want to sit in the tinnie and talk about football we'll talk about football.'

Leroy Horton, from Shimano Australia Fishing, has donated more than 30 lures and caps to the program for participants and said Shimano Australia Fishing was proud to be part of a worthwhile project that encouraged men to have a yarn in a tinnie while enjoying their pastime or hobby.

The program will be in partnership with the community and its people.

Source: Apunipima Cape York Health Council

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