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Dream turning into reality as
campaign hits $10,000 mark

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 a dream".

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 achievement."

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.

"At the 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 stop."

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 alignment sold.

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.

Story by Tanya Pattison, The Area News, November 3 2006.



Suicide Awareness .com Inc

PO Box 8039, Griffith
NSW 2680, Australia