$4500 raised at morn­ing tea

South Burnett Times - - NEWS -

CLOSE to $4500 will be given to men­tal health groups in the South Bur­nett to help re­duce the rate of sui­cide.

This is thanks to an un­ex­pected haul of do­na­tions, raf­fle ticket sales and ex­tremely gen­er­ous bid­ding dur­ing an auc­tion at the Sui­cide Preven­tion Morn­ing Tea in Black­butt on July 8.

Tr­ish Lit­gens was prompted to or­gan­ise the event at the back of her nurs­ery, af­ter los­ing her daugh­ter to sui­cide ear­lier this year.

She said the sup­port from her moun­tain-top com­mu­nity had been won­der­ful.

“That’s not bad for a small town,” Ms Lit­gens said.

“I would have been happy with $3000 but $4500 is re­ally good.”

About 200 peo­ple at­tended the morn­ing tea which was catered with food do­nated by lo­cal ser­vice clubs.

“All through the day, peo­ple kept com­ing in and out and their hearts were just huge,” Ms Lit­gens said.

Most of the money came from the char­ity auc­tion.

A paint­ing owned by Ms Lit­gens’ daugh­ter sold for about $600.

“Two men were fight­ing over it,” Ms Lit­gens said.

“Paul McDermott bought it and he turned around and said, ‘Now I want to give it back to Tr­isha.’”

“It was lovely,” she said.

PHOTO: DAVID VIDLER

Tr­ish Lit­gens and Lyn Smith raised about $4500 at a Sui­cide Preven­tion Morn­ing Tea in Black­butt.

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