Through your newspaper I would like to express my thanks for the community support received in my fundraising efforts for the Neale Daniher Pedal Cure 4 MND Bike Ride from Ungarie to Melbourne in March.
Due to the amazing generosity of the communities of Griffith, Yenda and beyond I raised the sum of $12,500.
The group, as a whole, raised $146,000.
I would particularly like to thank the Rotary Club of Yenda and Yenda Producers Co-operative for their generous donations to this fund raising event.
The constancy of the support I received for the ride was amazing and in particular thank you to Grant and Joan McKern for your encouragement.
From the time I considered taking on this challenge, to when I finally arrived at Windy Hill, Essendon on Sunday March 18, 2018, your ongoing support was nonstop.
I appreciated your presence when I arrived at Ariah Park on day one of the ride.
My thanks to The Area News for your publicity with the ride, which I am certain contributed, in no small manner, to such a successful response from the community in terms of donations.
WHERE’S YOUR PRIORITIES?
There would not be a town in rural NSW that wouldn't be crying out for a doctor, nurse, school teacher, ambulance officer, school/hospital repairs, aged care assistant – the list goes on.
What does the Premier Gladys Berejiklian do?
She gives half a million to the greyhound industry as prize money for one, yes one, race – a race that will last about 37 seconds. Gladys certainly got her priorities right.
NOMINATE A LOCAL HERO
The majority of Australians are touched by the impact of mental health in some way.
Many live with the daily burden of anxiety or depression, or care for a loved one. Devastatingly, thousands of Australians die by suicide each year and many more make an attempt.
It is the leading cause of death for Australians between 15 and 44 years of age, but it can be prevented.
There are thousands of people working tirelessly to make a difference in this field and their efforts could not be more urgent.
Anyone who knows of such a person would no doubt appreciate their achievements, but I would encourage them to take it one step further and nominate them for the Australian Mental Health Prize.
The prize was established to acknowledge those who are doing innovative work in this area, whether they are involved in the industry as a vocation or are advocates because they have been touched by mental illness.
Acknowledging those who work or volunteer in the industry is an important part of the process to destigmatising mental illness.
Nominations are now open and I urge people to nominate people in your area.
More information and nomination forms can be obtained from www.australianmentalhealthprize.org.au
Entries close on 7 September.
For those who are living with the burden of mental illness every day, thank you for your support.