Spread­ing R U OK mes­sage

Teens stitch to­gether for Care­van

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News - BY SI­MONE KER­WIN

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.

sker­win@ ne­me­dia.com.au

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