Food, fun and fitness at Border expo

BORDER patrons will be entertained and pampered while learning more about how to care for their health and wellbeing at an inaugural expo at SS & A Albury tomorrow.

Donna Carroll, who last November hosted a successful tattoo show at the club, has this time applied her expertise in event management to everything to do with the health and body.

“I absolutely loved the tattoo show and decided I wanted to keep doing this kind of thing,” Mrs Carroll said.

“We are taking over the three auditoriums on the top floor of the club with medical and holistic providers in the main auditorium and a fitness room with gym equipment and sportswear.

“Both rooms will have stages and entertainment every half-hour including tai chi, dancing and a performance by the Border’s own Fruit Bats.”

Mrs Carroll said a third room would provide a “chill out” space with a kitchen where people could get something healthy to eat or herbal tea.

Buddhist monks will open the show with a blessing at 10am, she said.

“As people get older there is a demand for this information,” Mrs Carroll said.

“The fitness room was so quick to fill, it seems that everyone is into fitness.”

Among the exhibitors at tomorrow’s expo will be Susanne O’Connor from the ME-CFS Society of NSW which provides information and support to sufferers of myalgic encephalomyelitis-chronic fatigue syndrome and their carers.

Mrs O’Connor said the society operated outreach services which referred patients to professional counselling and advocacy services.

“We would like to see as many people as we can at the expo, whether they are concerned they may have either ME-CFS, or they want to learn more about the disease because it affects their loved ones,” she said.

Mrs O’Connor, from Dubbo, who has lived with ME-CFS since her teens, said it was the first time she felt well enough to participate in such an event.

“It is a condition that is difficult to understand,” she said.

“Even though there is no cure, we want to help people take away the stigma and encourage the community to be more kind and more tolerant.”

The health and body expo gets under way at 10am tomorrow, running until 6pm.

Admission is $5 and children under 16 are free. For details go to dcmanagement.net.

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