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Archive for August 2016

New Office in Sale

We are delighted to announce that Barrier Breakers Inc. now has a new office in Sale. This means that our clients from the Sale area and further east will be saved the long journey into Traralgon to access our services.

We have been working toward this for some time, with a few setbacks along the way. Even though we had been offered suitable office space some time ago, we were unable to take up that offer because we lacked both the funding and the staff to make it operational. Now we have several volunteers from the Sale area who are excited to be able to work locally rather than travelling to Traralgon, and have been able to equip the office temporarily whilst we wait for some funding that we hope will allow a proper fit-out.

As I write we are still waiting for the phones to be connected and the computers to arrive, but some of our volunteers are already working out of the office using laptops and mobile phones.

Would People Pay For You To Be Quiet?

The Silence For A Voice Challenge

WOULD YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND WORKMATES PAY FOR YOU TO BE QUIET?

If they would, why not put their money where your mouth is by entering the Silence For A Voice Challenge.

The concept is simple: Barrier Breakers is a voice for people with mental illness, speaking up for those who are not able to speak up for themselves. We are asking people to help us keep speaking up for those who need it by being silent for a period of time, and seeking sponsors for each ten minutes of silence.

You can nominate when you are going to be silent. We would like it to be during Mental Health Week, 9th – 16th October, but if that week doesn’t suit, feel free to nominate another time. Just be sure to allow enough time for your sponsorship money to come in before the Challenge ends on 30th November 2016. You can nominate how long you are going to be silent, but it should be in ten minute multiples, because your sponsors will be sponsoring each ten-minute unit. So, for example, if you are being silent for an hour, your sponsors will be paying for six units. Of course, your time of silence should be when you would normally be talking, not when you would be asleep or otherwise unable to speak, and you will need to appoint a “silence buddy” to assure your sponsors that you have actually been silent for that time.

You can sign up either as a Challenger – just to have fun and raise money for Barrier Breakers – or as a Contestant, to have a chance of winning some great prizes if you raise the most money. The Challenge is being run through our GiveMatcher account, so you don’t have to worry about collecting money, just check to see that your sponsors have paid in on your page. This also means that you can boost your chances by asking your employer or local businesses to match your sponsorship pledges up to an amount they nominate.

If you don’t want to do the Challenge yourself, you might like to nominate one of your friends, and offer to be his/her first sponsor.

Alternatively, if you would pay money to have a public figure be quiet for a while, you might like to sponsor one of our Celebrity Challengers. So far Federal M.P. Darren Chester, State M.P. Russell Northe, and Latrobe City Councillor Sandy Kam have all agreed to be Celebrity Challengers. We will be putting their details up on the web site soon.

For more details, go here.

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