By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
IF you wondered why there were so few kids on the street on the weekend it was because, like Liam Johnson, they were at the Vibe 3 on 3 basketball event at the Kev Broome Stadium.
The basketball reference was misleading because in between the games there were plenty of other activi-ties which included beatboxing (vocal percussion), break-dancing, writing poetry, drawing a picture or taking part in a quiz on history, sport music, and drugs and alcohol.
Liam, 13, was one of about 300 children of various ages who took part in the event.
He had attended on Saturday with his mates and could not single out what he liked most.
"Everything was fun, so we decided to come back again today (Sunday),'' he said.
Vibe 3 on 3 executive producer Gavin Jones said this was the first time the event was staged in Gladstone.
"The success we've had will help us to bring it to Gladstone again,'' he said.
"We had 70 teams (of four) on Saturday and 75 teams the next day which shows the kids were talking about it on the weekend,'' he said.
He said that although the word "indigenous'' was in the Vibe 3 on 3 title, the event was in fact open to all, and many children from the wider community also took part.
"This was a great oppor-tunity for indigenous children and others to meet and co-operate with each other.