Spreading R U OK message
Teens stitch together for Carevan
blanket, before donating it to the “worthy cause”.
“I would do it again, and so
THERE is no way you can miss Dunstans Construction Group’s new prime mover – and that’s just what the company and its supporters are hoping for.
Dunstans this month launched the latest addition to its fleet, a vehicle which carries the R U OK message on its bright yellow paintwork.
R U OK?’s vision is a world where we’re all connected and are protected from suicide, their mission to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.
Bryce Morrow from Dunstans said the company was keen to promote its message.
“We operate in the transport and construction industries, and those two industries have some of the highest rates of depression, when you look at some of the statistics,” Mr Morrow said.
“We all know someone who has been directly or indirectly affected by depression or suicide, and we are looking to get on would they, we all had a lot of fun and got to give back to the community,” said Mrs Falla. board with the community to support this campaign, as it relates to our operation.”
With projects spanning from central Queensland to far north Western Australia, and everywhere in between, Dunstans decided painting a truck with the R U OK message was an ideal way to inspire conversations about the impact of depression.
“Because we get around so much, we thought it would be a great way to spread the message,” Mr Morrow said.
And the promotion began almost immediately, with the new vehicle heading last week to a project at the Solomon mine site in north Western Australia, so its maiden voyage was from Wangaratta to Brisbane, and on to WA.
The truck is a combined effort between Dunstans, its business part- ners the National Australia Bank, CMV Truck and Bus, and Volvo.
“NAB were excited to back our long-term customer in Dunstans supporting such a great cause, as this is something that affects everyone in the community in some way,” Neil Membrey, NAB senior business banking manager said.
Brent Fuge, Border North East business banking manager, agreed: “It was an easy decision to support Dunstans with this, with all the pressure from work, social media and the like, life is certainly not simple anymore, and depression is certainly on the rise.”
The R U OK message is also supported in the workplace at Dunstans, through its new employee pack, and through the provision of other support services.
“Especially in these industries, people can be a bit proud and tough, it’s about promoting a culture of supporting people suffering from depression,” Mr Morrow said.
If you want to know more about this cause head to www. ruok.org.au.
SPREADING THE MESSAGE: Neil Membrey, NAB senior business banking manager, Darcy Irving, Border North East NAB business banking executive, Brent Fuge, Wodonga sales manager CMV Truck and Bus, John Hering, Wodonga branch manager CMV Truck and Bus, Ray Dunstan, Dunstans Construction Group founder, and Murray Dunstan, Dunstans Construction Group managing director, with the new R U OK-branded truck.
GALEN Catholic College VCAL students have spent the better part of the last few months knitting a blanket together to donate to the Wangaratta Carevan.
Galen teacher Jill Falla introduced the initiative to the class as part of their required community orientated activities project.
“All the kids embraced it really well and were really enthusiastic about learning to knit,” she said.
“It was a project that they got to see an end result of, and knitting was something they never contemplated before this.”
The 12 students gave up their time and energy to learn how to knit and to each knit one or more squares of the
END RESULT: A Galen VCAL class including (from left) Ryan Massey, Jarrod Martin, Sheridyn Green and Michaela Retallack, have knitted a blanket to donate to the Wangaratta Carevan.