In 2015-2019 approximately 221 people, averaging 15-25 years of age in Cairns and surrounding region felt their only solution to life's challenges was taking their own life. The ripple effects of suicide can be felt for years following a death and in many different forms. The heartache from losing a strong man, inspired founder and facilitator Bernard Sabadi to establish the Kunjur First Nations Mens Collective.
The inspiration that prompted Bernard into action came at the unfortunate loss of his friend/brother. It was the questions we all ask ourselves during those times ‘What could I have done? What could I have said?’ What doesn't exist for Men in our region'?
A place for Men to talk, to be heard and to support each other.
To honour our late Brother Kawanji Brady of Western Gugu Yalanji origin, Bernard asked Kawanji's family if they could provide a name for this Men’s Support Group. Click here to see Uncle Vincent Brady explain the meaning behind Kunjur. The group of volunteers plan, market and deliver community engagement activities within the Cairns and surrounding region. With limited resources, the group actively seek donations from partnering organisations and self fund their weekly gatherings to ensure a consistent safe place is provided for those in need.
Since establishing Kunjur First Nations Men's Collective (KFNMC) over 120+ individuals have participated in events or connected each week around a fire to share their stories. Many of whom are, or have battled their own inner demands.
KFNMC have facilitated a variety of events with limited to no budget, drawing upon each volunteer facilitators commitment to the program. Events include;
It is our vision to see this program have a wider reach and gain stability and consistency.
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The inspiration to prompt me into action came at a heartbreaking unfortunate loss of another strong man. It was the questions that we ask ourselves at these times ‘What could I have done? What could I have said?’ In all Gods timing and what our region doesn’t have in existence ‘a place for Men to talk, to be heard and to support others’ it was time that a support existed. To honour our late Brother Kawanji Brady of Western Gugu Yalanji origin. I asked his Family if they could give a name for this Men’s Support Group. His artwork would also become our logo. Please see video of Uncle Vincent Brady explain the meaning of KUNJUR!
KUNJUR Gatherings we aim for our attendees to leave on a high and take that empowered state of mind back within themselves, for their families and their community! Within our first month of operation all the men workshopped to create our own Mantra! We recite our Mantra at the conclusion of each gathering!
Join the Kunjur First Nations Men's Collective.
Every Wednesday night
156 Irene Street, Mooroobool, QLD 4870
Feel free to bring a gold coin donation to help us further our work.
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As we forge our way to a stronger future, we embody the millennia of footsteps that came before us. We feel the presence of our ancestors and their guidance, as we navigate our continued responsibility to the lands and seas in which we connect to. Their spirit will carry on in the generations to come as we inspire, equip and empower our people and our community.
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As we forge our way to a stronger future, we embody the millennia of footsteps that came before us. We feel the presence of our ancestors and their guidance, as we navigate our continued responsibility to the lands, seas and skies in which we connect to. Their spirit will carry on in the generations to come as we inspire, equip and empower our people and our community.