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Groundswell in Sale for Mental Health

Sale and Maffra residents have responded with unprecedented support for improved mental health services in Gippsland following the launch of the Sale Chapter of Barrier Breakers in November last year.

The Gippsland-wide mental health advocacy organisation was urged to form the Chapter by Lance Hunt, a member of Barrier Breakers and well known Sale cycling personality, who had initiated the now annual Gippsland marathon bike rides for mental health.

Mr. Hunt said he has been overwhelmed by expressions of interest in the work of Barrier Breakers and requests for membership applications over the Christmas period.

During this period, Mr. Hunt and other members have been manning street stalls to sell a special calendar/Italian recipe book combo to raise funds for the Barrier Breakers supported accommodation project for people with long term mental illness.

Mr. Hunt said the most encouraging aspect of this support is that it is coming mainly from young people who have been moved to now want to contribute their talents and time to help.

“We have even been approached by teenagers who are dead keen to join Barrier Breakers and make a difference in the lives of the mentally ill”

“I have simply been blown away by such enthusiasm – in all the years that I have been involved in sporting and community events and activities, I have never experienced such spontaneous support for a social issue before”, Mr. Hunt said.

Barrier Breakers CEO, Derek Amos said his Board was delighted to receive so much support for their efforts to improve mental health services in the region and praised Lance Hunt for initiating such interest.

He said he intended to present a program of activities for the Sale Chapter to consider at its next meeting and he was looking forward to welcoming the new members and supporters.

The meeting will be held at 2.00PM on Saturday 13 January in the Equus cafe at the Wellington Entertainment centre.

For further information, contact Derek Amos on 0428397706

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