Car boot sale for sui­cide pre­ven­tion

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Clau­dia Alp clau­dia.alp@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

DO YOU love a good bar­gain for a good cause? Then join the Whit­sun­day Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Net­work (WSPN) at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel on July 22 for a Trash and Trea­sure com­mu­nity fundraiser.

Find a bar­gain on your favourite items, sam­ple de­li­cious cuisines from local food vans or clean out your closet and run your own stall with all pro­ceeds go­ing to WSPN for pro­vid­ing sup­port and ed­u­ca­tion to the com­mu­nity for sui­cide pre­ven­tion.

The Whit­sun­day re­gion was pin­pointed as be­ing above av­er­age in both the state and the na­tion for sui­cide rates while WSPN re­ported that sui­ci­dal events as well as those need­ing sup­port are in­creas­ing.

Sig­nif­i­cant is­sues were iden­ti­fied with the well­be­ing of the Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing men­tal health, sui­cide, drugs and al­co­hol, fi­nan­cial strain and most re­cently, the af­ter ef­fects of Cy­clone Deb­bie.

WSPN pres­i­dent and Di­vi­sion 2 Coun­cil­lor Ron Pet­ter­son said that the event will raise aware­ness for sui­cide pre­ven­tion in the re­gion, but will also bring the com­mu­nity to­gether for a fun-filled fam­ily day.

“The im­por­tant thing is that we want to cre­ate a lot aware­ness around the sui­cide rates in the Whit­sun­days be­cause it is ex­tremely high in our re­gion as com­pared to other ar­eas,” Cr Pet­ter­son said.

“We re­ally want to have a big im­pact and the best way to do that is to re­move the stigma around the con­ver­sa­tion so that peo­ple do go and talk to some­one and have that con­ver­sa­tion if they’re not feel­ing right.”

Those who are fash­ion­ably in­clined can en­joy brows­ing the clothes and make-up stalls, food­ies can tan­ta­lise their taste buds at the local food ven­dors and kids can let off some steam on the jump­ing castle. Live en­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vided by the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel fea­tur­ing rock band Viper Room who will be trav­el­ling up from the Gold Coast.

The com­mu­nity event pro­vides a great op­por­tu­nity to clean out the closet and sell cloth­ing, art­work, home­wares or any bits and pieces that are in work­ing con­di­tion but are no longer needed.

Cr Pet­ter­son said that any un­wanted items that have not been sold on the day will be do­nated to local char­i­ties by WSPN.

To book a stall and help raise money to aid sui­cide pre­ven­tion contact events@wspn.org.au or check the WSPN Face­book page for more de­tails.

PHOTO: CLAU­DIA ALP

GOOD CAUSE: Mark Wilkins from Reef Gate­way Ho­tel and Pres­i­dent of the Whit­sun­day Sui­cide Pre­ven­tion Net­work Ron Pet­ter­son are two of the or­gan­is­ers be­hind the Trash and Trea­sure com­mu­nity fundraiser.

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