Stanwell donation offers hope for adolescent program
THE power of people is starting to make the future of Wahroonga look a lot brighter.
Stanwell Corporation sparked hope for the future of Carinity's Wahroonga Adolescent Wellness program yesterday as they handed over a $13,773.70 donation.
Wahroonga has been calling for donations and support from the community since the State Government funding for the Adolescent Wellness program was cut earlier in the year.
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And with the generous donation from Stanwell, the centre is one step closer to reaching its target of raising $60,000, which will allow the counselling centre to operate the program to its full potential.
Rockhampton State High School's Youth Support Co-ordinator Sarah Hicks has helped thousands of students deal with mental health issues throughout her 10 years with the school and said she had been referring students to Wahroonga for the majority of that time.
"I see about 10 students a week that suffer from anxiety and depression and probably two out of those 10 have suicidal thoughts," she said.
"I've been working with Wahroonga since I started with the school and some of those kids will tell you that Wahroonga saved their life. It's a huge loss for our community if we don't have this adolescent program and this is an incredible donation and a great deal of support from Stanwell.
"The whole community needs to follow in Stanwell's footsteps and support this program because this is the next generation and as they say, it takes a village to raise a child."
The $13,773.70 that was donated by Stanwell Corporation will contribute to expanding some of their services such as extending their opening hours to more than three days a week. The funds may also go towards the centre's transportation which is offered to the students to get them to and from the centre safely.
Stanwell Power Station engineering manager James Oliver said Wahroonga was a vital part of the local community and needed the local support.
"Stanwell realised that with the change in funding the centre was facing a tough time, so we saw the opportunity to contribute," he said.
"We really want to see this service for our young people here in the town continue. Over the years we have been involved within the community particularly in the realm of youth development and this is such an important community service.
"There's still a bit of a funding shortfall so it would be great to see other businesses and organisations involved."
Wahroonga still needs $46,226.30 to reach their $60,000 target.