The residents of Orange were challenged by the Orange Community Drug Action Team to put their fitness to the test via a tough obstacle course.

Students of TAFE NSW Orange worked with the CDAT to organise the Commando Course and Fun Day, which was held as part of Youth Week in April 2019. The course was aimed at 12 to 25-year-olds, who were timed as they climbed, ran and crawled their way through the assault course. The fun day also included inflatables, competitions and giveaways.

CDAT chairperson Sharna Dean said they hoped to garner a bit of awareness and support for the group. The group’s primary focus is on early intervention and prevention.

“There’re lots of services who provide treatment options but there’re not a lot of groups raising awareness,” Ms Dean said.

The CDAT aims to keep young people in the community engaged in healthy activities.

Ms Dean said they were lucky to have the five TAFE Community Service Work students onboard to drive the commando course event. The more people the group can get involved, the more effective they’ll be.

While the course and fun day was aimed at young people, members of the community from all ages were welcome to join in the activities. The event proved to be a successful and entertaining day, and there are hopes that the CDAT will be able to run similar events every year.