Raising awareness for important cause
THE Mt Perry Fun Day and Truck Pull has been helping to raise awareness for prevention of youth suicide for over a decade and this year that legacy continues.
Mt Perry State High School chaplain Darren Laurance said the donations raised on the day were invaluable for the programs in place to help combat the issue.
“The mine has been supporting prevention of youth suicide here at the highs school for the last 13 years,” Mr Laurance said.
“Because the truck pull has been giving significant donations we have been able to, as a school, use those donations in preventative type programs.”
Mr Laurance said the donations provided the funds that were necessary for him to take on a full-time role in the school.
“We thought that instead of just getting staff here at the school trained in the right programs that we could also become trainers ourselves,” Mr Laurance said.
“And when the truck pull started to raise significant donations we have been able to start running two workshops to train people in suicide prevention.”
Mr Laurance said while the programs targeted school staff they were also open to anyone from other organisations.
“Since we started the workshops we have trained 200 people in those 12 years and that is right across the Wide Bay and Burnett,” Mr Laurance said.
Mr Laurance said the role the fun Day played in the prevention of youth suicide was an important one.
“Your key thing for suicide prevention is people being engaged in the community,” Mr Laurance said.
“Generally if someone is really having issues they can often feel disconnected from the community, but people coming together for an event and being involved in the community is important, it is a life promoting event.”