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Barrier Breakers Calendars – A Huge Success

Barrier Breakers Inc, Gippsland’s mental health advocacy association was presented with a cheque for $20,000 this week to go towards their supported accommodation units for people with a mental illness.

The money was raised from the sales of a specially designed calendar/Italian recipe book combo, which was the brainchild of Sale personality and veteran cyclist, Lance Hunt.

In handing over the “big cheque”, Mr. Hunt said, “I am delighted that the fund-raising event had been so successful and will make such a meaningful contribution to the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people in our community”.

“The calendar project has also highlighted the generosity of Sale residents and the business community and their compassion for homeless people with a mental illness”.

Mr. Hunt praised the businesses, which supported the publication by page and/or half-page sponsorship. “This has meant that every dollar raised through calendar sales will go directly to the Barrier Breakers supported accommodation project”.

In accepting the cheque, Barrier Breakers CEO, Derek Amos, said the provision of fully supported accommodation for people with a mental illness was one of the region’s largest unmet needs.

He said construction of the pilot project in Traralgon would commence early this year and that following its evaluation, his association planned to roll-out similar units throughout the region with Sale high on the agenda.

Mr. Amos said Health Minister David Davis, Housing Minister Wendy Lovell and Mental Health Minister, Mary Wooldridge jointly announced state government support for the project late last year.

“Crown land in Traralgon will be leased to Barrier Breaker’s partners, Eastcoast Housing, who are providing $600,000 for the project, another partner, Mind Australia, will receive $348,000 over the next four years to provide outreach support services to the tenants and the Ministry of Housing will also provide around $450,000 towards the construction/development costs”.

Mr. Amos said the funds raised through the calendar sales will be of immense value to his association’s commitment to provide a community contribution of $150,000 towards the project.

“We owe a huge debt to Lance and his tireless team, who now make up the Wellington Chapter of Barrier Breakers”. “Well done and thank you everyone”, Mr. Amos concluded.

The newly formed Wellington Chapter will be holding a meeting at the Equus Café at 2PM on Sunday next (10 February). New members are most welcome.


For further information contact Derek Amos on 0428397706 or Lance Hunt on 0417554663