THE Bricks for
Life fundraising campaign has hit the $10,000
mark, with mental health advocate Val Rowe calling
the milestone "a step closer to realising
Mrs Rowe said
raising money to build a mental health safe house
had been a slow, but rewarding process. "I
knew it might take us a few years to achieve simply
because people are doing it tough," she said.
"There is a lot of background work that needs
to be done, things like the feasibility study.
The drought is hitting everyone hard, money is
very tight, and to reach this point is a wonderful
The Bricks for
Life initiative, which has been running for eight
months, asks the Griffith community to buy a brick
to build its own safe house.
In that time
tradesmen, including builders, bricklayers, a
painting supply company, a major door company,
waterproofing business and other trades have offered
their services for the project.
end of the day we have got our tradesmen on board
so it's only really materials that we'll need
Mrs Rowe said. "Lives are so important, so
valuable, that's why I'm not giving up on this
project. It is a dream worth fighting for. I won't
A recent donation
by local business Bob Jane T Mart has helped bolster
the tally. The firm ran a month-long promotion,
which saw the firm donate $1 from every wheel
Manager of Bob
Jane T Mart Griffith, Rachael Tallentire said
they were happy to hand over more than $300 for
the project. "We think Bricks for Life is
a really worthwhile idea," she said.
by Tanya Pattison, The Area News, November 3 2006.