ATTENDEES of all ages make their way through Opotiki’s central business centre, with cars honking their support. Photos James Sandbrook OB4812-09

THE Opotiki community took to the streets in a show of support for mental health awareness last Thursday.

Organised by Whakatohea Iwi Social & Health Services, a march began at Mobil on Church Street, ending in Moody Place.

Once the march was finished, attendees were treated to a morning of free music, food and entertainment.

With about 70 attendees in the parade, many stuck around to hear from people’s own experiences with mental health.

With Moana Hoera as MC on the day, the microphone was also open to attendees wishing to share their stories.

Over the morning, attendees were treated to impromptu dances, a sausage sizzle and some talks from the heart by speakers.