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Through their sponsored events at Mackay Toyota Nebo Rodeo and Cattleman’s Bar event at the Mackay Show, Mackay Toyota have raised just over $10,000 for the cause!

Auto Corner’s Service Department is also a dedicated Help-a-Mate Hub, that distributes Grapevine’s life-saving Help-a-Mate cards which list local suicide prevention resources.

Dealer Principal Georgia Thomson said the business had been a long-time supporter of Grapevine Group and its work in raising awareness and providing vital suicide prevention education in the community.

“Over the past two years we have seen more people openly talking about Mental Health – if we can help one person through our efforts, then our partnership with Grapevine Group will be a success,” Mrs Thomson said.

“Suicide is an important issue for our region.

“Grapevine Group needs support in educating our community on how this topic can be tackled head on, and to help to remove the stigma associated with suicide.

“We are here to lend our voice, and actively participate in generating more awareness.”

“We found this to be a deeply important issue to our staff, and we are honoured at the opportunity to be involved in supporting a cause that touches so many families in the community.”

She said other Auto Corner’s fundraising activities would shore up thousands of dollars for Grapevine Group this year – funds which were vital in continuing Grapevine’s training and education programs – namely safeTALK and ASIST training – throughout the Mackay region.

Grapevine Group president Laurence Manning said Auto Corner was a vital contributor to the cause, and thanked Mrs Thomson and her team for their support.

Mr Manning said in getting out in the community Auto Corner was raising lifesaving funds and awareness.

He said the business was intrinsically linked with the organisation, actively supporting local suicide prevention by promoting Grapevine Group’s free safeTALK suicide prevention training and the Mackay region’s list of suicide prevention resources to their customers.

“Without this level of support, we simply cannot make these lifesaving programs happen,” Mr Manning said.
“Grapevine is a local volunteer organisation dedicated to raising awareness, education, and breaking down the stigma around suicide.

“This is something we need to be talking about. Since we started this journey, we have come a long way. People are talking about this issue, barriers are being broken down, but there is still a long way to go.”

Mr Manning said Grapevine and Run for MI Life were calling on the community to go to Auto Corner or their other Help-a-Mate Hubs to collect cards for themselves, their workplaces, sports clubs and community groups.

He said the community could also sign up for public safeTALK training, or businesses, sports clubs and community groups could host private sessions, delivered by Grapevine Trainers, at their site or workplace, free of charge.

To sign up for safeTALK or locate a Help-a-Mate Card Hub, go to http://www.grapevinegroup.org.au