More funds to support local youth

Caption; Ebony Johnson, Emma Cullen, Darcey Cullen, Daniel Mayo, Adam Purdy and Michael Powell. Picture: Supplied

Support for a local youth counselling service recently received an extra funding boost.

Lifeline’s May 5k event raised over $1000 towards the cause that will make a positive difference in the lives of young people in Broken Hill.

Despite lower-than-expected participation, organisers were pleased overall with the event’s success.

“Those that did run were extremely passionate about Youth Counselling and the services we provide to the local area,” Fundraising coordinator Emma Cullen said.

Up to 10 runners took on the challenge to run five kilometres for the charity organisation.

Youth counselling is part of the services Lifeline provides. According to the organisation’s data, over a million Australians reach out for support each year.

Ms Cullen said the May 5K was also a great way to spread awareness in the community.

“Any funds raised always make a difference in increasing and expanding our services,” she said.

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“It wasn’t just about the money raised but also the exposure we got by having our Youth Counsellor at the event.”

Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast (LLBHC2C) partnered with the local PCYC (Police Citizens Youth Clubs) branch to run the event.

Michael Powell, senior activities officer at PCYC, was grateful for the support and kind donations.

“The people that got involved were very generous,” he said.

“It was good to see some numbers and the people involved were really passionate about it.”

Mr Powell believes the youth counselling service is a worthy cause to receive the funding support.

“It was fantastic to have such a great organisation such as the Broken Hill PCYC choose to host a fundraise for us,” Ms Cullen said.

“The team at the PCYC put a lot of effort into the day and had set up their hall beautifully for the guest speaker.”

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LLBHC2C now look forward to hosting other events and programs during the year.

Businesses, clubs and individuals are now raising funds for its services through the month-long Push-Up Challenge.

More information about Lifeline’s services is available at www.lifeline.org.au. For 24/7 crisis support, contact 13 11 14.

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