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Date posted: 15 May 2013
Members of the Indigenous health project, No smokes, will join a crew of Bundjalung musicians from the northern New South Wales coast on a road trip from Lismore (NSW) to Melbourne (Victoria) to promote anti-smoking messages to Indigenous youth.
Indigenous hip hop performer, Blakboi will create and post video diaries and blogs throughout the two-week tour and after the tour Indigenous guest bloggers will rotate monthly to highlight health, smoking and other issues close to their heart. The blog is a new component of No smokes, an innovative multi-media project established by the Menzies School of Health Research to curb smoking among Indigenous teens.
Blakboi, a Gamilaroi man, Lismore radio DJ and Indigenous activist, remains passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles and anti-smoking to young Indigenous people.
‘It sucks to see jarjum (young kids) smoking,' he said. ‘Tobacco is a drug and it makes you addicted. Fifty per cent of Aboriginal people smoke which is way too high and we need to do something to empower our people to kick the smokes.'
‘I feel proud to be part of a tour which will make our people aware of quit smoking options and the support that is available. My mum and dad smoked for many years through the early part of my life, but ended up quitting together.'
Blakboi will loop didgeridoo with contemporary instruments and hip hop to speak to people of all ages. Indigenous acts SupaFresh, Mixed Ages and Craig Bolt will also join Blakboi on the tour. One of the highlights will be the Indigenous surf titles at Bells Beach where Blakboi will compete.
The group will perform a free event at the Redfern Community Centre on 16 May 2013, at which No smokes, the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence and the Aboriginal Health & Medical Research Council will participate. The tour will culminate on World no tobacco day on 31 May 2013 with a performance for Victorian Indigenous high school students in Collingwood to promote anti-smoking messages.
Source: Menzies School of Health Research
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