SUPPORT for the local Bricks for Life campaign continues to grow as major city businesses throw their support behind the appeal.
Organiser and Suicide Awareness president Val Rowe said the number of companies who have made a commitment to the cause was outstanding.
"We are over the moon that so many have come on board," she said. "The more materials and services we can get donated means less money that we need to raise."
The list of new trades to offer their services continues to increase, with a major door company, paint and waterproofing business among them.
Hume Doors NSW door sales manager Patrick Antoine said he was happy to offer external, internal and door frames for the project.
"I read her email and thought it was a good scheme," he said. "Mrs Rowe said she was just looking for commitment at this stage and it struck a cord with me. "Although I haven't been affected first hand, I do have two aunts who suffer mental illnesses so I do appreciate the need for facilities such as this."
Sydney based manufacturer of industrial paints, Lacnam Paints Australia, have also shown interest. Sales manager Andrew Beeston said if and when the building is built, he would consider donating paint products. He said the email asking for support arrived just a week after an old friend who suffered depression took his own life.
"It really hit home to me," he said. "We can all sit here and say we've got a good life but some people are not as lucky and it's not their fault. It is a disease they can't help."
"I admire this lady. A lot of people talk about doing something, but she's got off her backside and is trying to make a difference."
Other out of town companies who have also pledged support include Colour Maker Industries and Adjuvate, an adhesive supplier.
Story by Tanya Pattison, The Area News, Monday May 15 2006.