WW Suicide Prevention Network

Great lunch for a great cause in Wagga

Community groups often refer to the support they get from Beyond Bank Australia as “snag free” fundraising as the financial assistance they receive means they no longer need to run raffles or man a barbeque.

However, on Friday last week, Beyond Bank held its own sausage sizzle in Wagga Wagga to thank nearly 40 local not-for-profit groups for all they do in the community.

During the event, each of the groups received a donation from Beyond Bank’s latest campaign, which raised $25,000 for community organisations.

In the second half of 2015, anyone who successfully applied for a home loan, car loan or credit card, had the ability to nominate a local community group to receive a donation.

For every home loan taken out during this period, Beyond Bank provided $500 for every home loan, $100 for every car loan, and $50 for every new credit card issued, back to local not-for-profits, as nominated by our customers.

“It was great to see so many customers get behind this campaign,” Beyond Bank General Manager Andrew Toole said. “We would like to thank everyone who supports our local not-for-profits in whatever way they can. They couldn’t do their important work without you.”

Organisations including Country Hope, Riding for the Disabled, Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust and Wagga Wagga Region Suicide Prevention Network will all receive financial support thanks to Beyond Bank customers who took part in this campaign.

Wagga Wagga Region Suicide Prevention Network, which aims to reduce suicide and its stigma through informing, connecting and empowering the community. On 18 June, they will hold suicide intervention training from 1-4 pm in the Wagga City Council Chambers.

To register and book a place for the training call Daniel on 0447231080 or email wwrspn@gmail.com. Cost is $10 per head which includes afternoon tea.

“Tough times can be difficult for people to get through without a helping hand,” David Schulz from the Network said. “As a regional centre, there are events that can impact heavily on our population, like our farmers doing it tough during drought. It is important to be able to point anyone experiencing challenges towards people who can help them during these times.”

The Wagga Wagga and Region Suicide Prevention Network has developed and distributes crisis cards with information about the resources available in the region. “This enables people to guide their family members and friends to people who can offer assistance if they need it,” Mr Schulz explained.