The Mackay community is encouraged to dig deep to help Grapevine Group reach their $40,000 target as part of their first annual appeal.

Grapevine President Debbie Knight said the goal of $40,000 would make sure the charity would continue to make a difference.

“To date, Grapevine has trained over 5,600 people in the Mackay region in suicide prevention, distributed over 200,000 Help-a-Mate cards listing local services and undertaken a $20,000 suicide research project in partnership with CQUniversity, but there’s always more we can do,” Ms Knight said.

“This is a heart-felt plea to encourage donations so we can fund 500 life-saving safeTALK training places, a new phone app to help users find vital local services and training for four new safeTALK trainers for the region.”

While the work is not ever done for accolades, Ms Knight was delighted that the efforts of Grapevine’s volunteers have not gone unnoticed.

“Suicide Prevention Australia, the national suicide-prevention peak body, has just announced that Grapevine Group is a national finalist for a LiFE Award,” Ms Knight said.

“The award recognises excellence in suicide prevention in the “Communities Matter” category and the winner will be announced on World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September.

“It’s humbling to know that this group, comprised entirely of volunteers, is being recognised for making a difference, but we need the community’s ongoing support to continue to do that.”

The appeal goes from 1 September to 18 October and donations can be made via the Grapevine Group website, which will also provide a tax-deductible receipt for donations over $2.

Help them reach $40,000 and make a difference in the region.

Please help save lives!