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Stronger, Longer, Proud tour

by Kerry Klimm 17 June 2014

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Uncle Jimmy Little with kids in Milingimbi NT. Image supplied

oung people in the remote Northern Territory Aboriginal communities of Galiwin’ku, Gapuwiyak, Ramingining and Milingimbi will be better equipped to tackle chronic diseases decimating many remote Indigenous communities with a tour by two groundbreaking organisations. The Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation ( A LPA) and the Jimmy Little Foundation proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government and supported by Wayne Zerbe promotions and Hardy Aviation will present the 2014 Stronger, Longer, Proud tour with vital information about excessive alcohol and drug use and the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. “Healthy lifestyle information

workshops and community concerts will be a key driver to bring people together and build better skills to deal with these issues,” said Jimmy Little Foundation CEO Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup. The Jimmy little Foundation has delivered its Thumbs up! nutrition education and healthy lifestyle program in more than 50 communities around Australia. With a whole-of-community approach, Thumbs up! features healthy food signage in all ALPA and other stores in the Northern Territory and Queensland. The program also uses innovative music and video workshops to engage school children in, and to promote, the core message of good tucker - long life. ALPA was established in 1972 and is an Aboriginal-owned notfor-profit organisation that provides benefits to its members through the successful operation of community

retail stores. ALPA has five member stores in Arnhem Land, manages 11 other businesses on contract across the Top End, is one of the largest financially independent Indigenous employers in Australia, and one of the larger retailers in the Northern Territory. “Our stores seek to offer customers a choice of quality fresh foods and an extensive range of merchandise in a modern, comfortable shopping environment,” said ALPA CEO Alastair King. Both organisations have spent many years working closely with Traditional Owner and community groups, local health services, government, and other not for profit organisations to build the successful delivery of a range of healthy lifestyle programs including cutting -edge drug, kava, alcohol, smoking and good nutrition messages.

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Brendan Gallagher, Uncle Jimmy Little, and Graham ‘Buzz’ Bidstrup at the 2010 APRA music awards. Image: The Daily Telegraph

The personnel for the workshops bring with them a range of ages, wisdom and experience. Kevin Bennett A 61 year-old Aboriginal man from NSW. Kevin is a Jimmy Little Foundation and Thumbs up! music facilitator and is the singer / songwriter for country and western sensations The Flood. Kevin and the band have received several golden guitar awards from the Tamworth music festival. Kahl Wallace A 24 year-old Aboriginal man and singer/songwriter from Cairns band The Medics, who are National Indigenous Music Award and

Deadly award winners, and Triple Jay radio favourites. Glen Duncan A 45 year-old Aboriginal man who is the Community Projects Officer for the Jimmy Little Foundation and the foundation’s Thumbs up! nutrition education program. Esther Cohen An Aboriginal woman originally from Walgett NSW. Esther is Jimmy Little’s niece. Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup A 61year-old who is the CEO of the Jimmy Little Foundation and managing director of the

foundation’s Thumbs up! nutrition education program. Buzz was Jimmy Little’s manager for 12 years, and , an original member songwriter/producer and drummer with Legendary Australian rock bands The Angels, GANGgajang and The Party Boys. Neil Murray Neil will be our very special guest at the Ramingining and Galiwin’ku concerts. As a cowriter of “My Island Home” about Elcho Island, and a fellow member of The Warumpi Band with GR Burrawanga, Neil shares a special bond with Elcho Island, Galiwin’ku and its people.

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