Harmony brings balance to expo

THE Purple Door Natural Health Centre buzzed with energy on Sunday, as Mira's Life Balance Expo welcomed a constant flow of people through its doors.

While some opted for an easygoing way to spend their morning, like getting a foot energy massage, psychic card reading or having their dreams read, those up for a little more action were welcome to see Rhee Tae Kwon-Do demonstrators.

“Rhee Tae Kwon-Do is for anyone who wants to learn how to defend themselves,” first degree instructor Holly Law said, adding that the group offered private lessons on the day.

As well as yoga, pilates, tai chi and energy healing demonstrations, speakers covered topics as varied as “Total Wellness,”“Healthy Tuckshop Program” and “Using Twitter”.

Children were not forgotten, with a jumping castle and face-painting organised.

Almost 30 stallholders brought a wealth of variety to the expo, which also sold raffle tickets in aid of Youngcare.

Organiser Mira Koopman said she chose to support the Youngcare charity because it was close to her heart.

“My late husband had to live in an aged care facility when he was in his 30s,” she said.

“It's very important to think about those less fortunate than us.”

With a Cania Gorge Retreat getaway as extra incentive, the expo raised almost $800 just through raffle ticket sales.

Ms Koopman said all stallholders also made a donation, as well as Bundaberg and Bargara businesses.

She said the expo reflected the five “pillars of health” she always refers to - body, mind, family, society and finances.

With Jack Dempsey opening the expo and support from the local community, Ms Koopman said the event would now be held biannually at the centre, with the next one already lined-up for Saturday, May 22.

“I like to bring people together and organise events,” she said.

“I like to inspire people to live a healthier life and contribute to society while doing so.”

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