CHECKING IN ON MATES: Cr Kaye Maguire and Cecil Barnard displayed mateship while joining members of the Dalby community at R U OK? Day to sing  Lean on Me  with Brendon Walmsley.
CHECKING IN ON MATES: Cr Kaye Maguire and Cecil Barnard displayed mateship while joining members of the Dalby community at R U OK? Day to sing Lean on Me with Brendon Walmsley. Shannon Hardy

Community comes together for R U OK? Day

PEOPLE of all ages turned out to enjoy a day of mateship, community and music for Dalby's R U OK? Day in Anderson Park on Thursday September 12.

Singer Brendon Walmsley led everyone in a rendition of Lean on Me and it was hard not to feel the energy in the air as dozens of voices joined the country signer.

"It's great to see the community come together for something like this,” Mr Walmsley said.

"A lot of people - in particularly remote rural areas - are doing it quite tough at the moment,” he said.

"To come together to say 'hey, we are aware of you, we hear you, and we want to support you', anything that we can do like that I think is a really great thing.”

Cr Ian Rasmussen said days like this were about community support, helping and protecting each other.

"The more events we can have and bring everyone together, I think it just keeps that positivity out there and that's the number one thing that we need, the positivity,” Cr Rasmussen said.

Dalby Welcoming Committee member Beth Wood said it was a little bit emotional to hear everyone singing together at the event.

"It's awesome that we can have people come out and have that whole sense of community and build that unity that we support each other as a town,” she said.

"When times are tough it's even more important that we do that.”

If you or someone you know needs support, reach out to Lifeline on 13 11 14.


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