Wānaka Sun       

Rotary Clubs donate $9,000 to expand mental health support

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 16 Jul, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

A $9,000 donation from local Rotary Clubs will provide much-needed support for mental health services in the Upper Clutha.

The donation from The Rotary Club of Wānaka and Aspiring Rotary Club was made on Wednesday (1 July) to Community Networks Wānaka, a not-for-profit service supporting the wellbeing of the Upper Clutha community.

Community Networks provides subsidised counselling and will manage the distribution of the funds donated.

“With this generous donation, we can offer further support for clients,” said Community Networks manager Kate Murray.

“These funds will be used to help people with the cost of counselling. This can range from people having difficulty with relationships, parenting, coping with stress, feeling depressed or experiencing grief,” said Murray.

Murray said Community Networks had a high demand for subsidised counselling with 23 referrals in June alone. “Last year we had 87 referrals in total, so demand has certainly grown recently,” said Murray.

Rotary Club of Wānaka immediate past president Deb Budden said it was a team effort by the two local Rotary clubs and the Rotary district. “Each club has contributed, and we were able to secure a grant from the Rotary District to make this substantial donation,” she said.

On receiving the donation, Murray expressed her gratitude to the local and district Rotary organisations. “I'd like to say a huge thank you to the Rotary District and the local clubs for this support. There is a great need, and we appreciate this donation. It's a great example of how we can work together to strengthen the resilience of our community.”

Read edition 982 of the Wānaka Sun here.



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