helps to brighten lives
Awareness president Val Rowe and Westend Wines' Bill
Calabria at the Gemini during the Christmas gift handout.
than 100 local people had their Christmas spirits lifted
thanks to the work of the local community and the Suicide
year for the last four years, the group has donated
gifts to organisations who then distribute them to clients
suffering from mental illness.
gifts are from the group's annual Christmas Tree Our
Youth Our Future Appeal. Suicide Awareness president
Val Rowe said the appeal benefitted 120 people from
around the region.
year we have noticed there are so many suffering from
mental illness and the effects of the drought,"
she said. "It is the best feeling for our group
to know that we gave hope to so many. I really think
we helped brighten what may have been an otherwise sad
gifts, handed over on December 13 at the Gemini, went
to Griffith, Leeton and Narrandera JPET, Personal Support
Program, Community College, Centacare, Goodfellas, Circle
of Friends, the Soup Kitchen and Murrumbidgee Valley
Rural Counselling Service.
of the organisations distributed the gifts according
to need," Mrs Rowe said.
Rowe said the fact that the appeal had grown steadily
each year shows that more people are suffering the effects
of mental illness.
by: Tanya Pattison, The Area News, 17 January 2007.