Do­na­tions get cake re­wards

The Cobram Courier - - COBRAM SHOW 2017 -

Co­bram’s Bendigo Bank has taken the ini­tia­tive in its bid to raise funds for the R U OK Foun­da­tion, get­ting to a to­tal of $800 at last count.

In­stead of do­na­tions go­ing down a oneway path to­wards the foun­da­tion, the bank de­cided to give back to the com­mu­nity for their do­na­tions by al­low­ing them to get goods for their sup­port.

‘‘We de­cided to bake cakes for the com­mu­nity to pur­chase for do­na­tion ef­forts, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to sup­port the foun­da­tion in achiev­ing its goal,’’ the bank’s Co­bram cus­tomer re­la­tion­ship of­fi­cer Sue Clurey said.

‘‘The cakes were baked by staff and friends of the bank and the com­mu­nity get­ting these goods in re­turn for their sup­port was very well re­ceived.

‘‘Be­ing able to give back to the com­mu­nity through the goods for such an im­por­tant cause was a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for all in­volved and shows how much sup­port there is to fight it.’’

The foun­da­tion’s aim is to tackle the com­plex is­sue of sui­cide and show­ing that even the sim­ple ques­tion of ‘‘Are you okay?’’ can go a long way to pre­vent­ing these deaths from hap­pen­ing.

Find­ing ways for the com­mu­nity to con­nect and pro­vide the ini­tia­tive to show those who are strug­gling with their lives that they are not alone is where foun­da­tion looks to tackle the is­sue.

‘‘The re­sponse we got from the com­mu­nity was truly fan­tas­tic and the sup­port that was given through­out the week was very strong,’’ Ms Clurey said.

‘‘The num­ber of peo­ple who are af­fected by sui­cide and know peo­ple who have gone through its strug­gle shows how much of a wide­spread is­sue it is.

‘‘We need to work to­wards find­ing so­lu­tions for this is­sue and we hope fundrais­ing ef­forts like this can con­trib­ute to­wards those so­lu­tions the foun­da­tion can put to use.’’

She said giv­ing an is­sue like this ex­po­sure through fundrais­ing pro­grams was the key to bring­ing its im­pact on peo­ple down as much as pos­si­ble.

‘‘The more we can make peo­ple aware of this is­sue and the ef­fects it has through­out our com­mu­ni­ties, the bet­ter we are able to tackle it and bring down its im­pact.

‘‘Peo­ple need to know they aren’t alone in their strug­gles and the foun­da­tion is key to pro­vid­ing them with that much-needed sup­port.’’

For 24-hour sup­port, phone Life­line on 131 114. Chil­dren and young adults aged un­der 25 and also call the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800. the

They were do­ing OK: The team from Co­bram’s Bendigo Bank or­gan­ised (and did) a lot of bak­ing as part of their com­mit­ment to help­ing raise more than $800 as part of the an­nual R U OK? day and are pic­tured here with their stall out­side the branch.

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