By Sally Alden
Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15-44 and Kerry-Anne Nelson from Gypsy Moth Jewellers in Quirindi believes asking someone if they are considering taking their own life is one of the best things a friend can do.
“Talking about suicide is difficult for everyone, but we have to face the facts that more people die from suicide in rural NSW than from road related transport deaths. Its time to start helping those that may be thinking of suicide,” Kerry-Anne said.
And Kerry-Anne should know, having spent years a counsellor for the national Not For Profit organization ‘Lifeline’.
“Lifeline is a leading provider of services for suicide prevention. They aim to respond to the needs of individuals, families and communities to prevent the tragic loss of life by suicide. That is why I am hosting a fundraiser to go to organization.”
Kerry-Anne is hosting a Charity fundraiser on November 9th at the Pavilion in Quirindi.
“People are encouraged to wear white to the event to represent heading out of the darkness of despair and into the light; there will be raffles galore from goods and items donated by local businesses.”
The major raffle includes 5 nights accommodation at the Breakfree Aanuka Beach Resort at Coffs Harbour Harbour (to be taken out of school holiday periods) including breakfast for 2. With tickets available at the Gypsy Moth Jewellers from now until the draw on November 9th.
“The raffle accommodation was donated by Yvonne Wynne and the Resort themselves believed in the cause so much they have donated the breakfasts for two.”
Kerry-Anne has also been personally affected by suicide, with four people in her own family committing suicide.
“You are left with so many questions and feelings of guilt and despair when someone you love takes their own life. I have been so affected, my goal now is to do all I can to raise awareness and help other’s through my own experiences.”
Kerry-Anne aims to support suicide prevention clinics in Quirindi through Lifeline to further assist people.
“Funds raised from the raffle and event will go to Lifeline, there will be entertainment and speakers at the event and I hope to encourage people of all ages to realize they are not alone and there is help out there,” concluded Kerry-Anne.
For further information on the raffle and fundraiser contact Kerry-Anne on 02 6746 2287 or mobile 0422 377 207. Lifeline provides crisis support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 13 11 14.