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SP AusNet Supports Barrier Breakers

Electricity supply company, SP AusNet, continue to recognise the work of Gippsland’s mental health advocacy association and charity, Barrier Breakers Inc., this week with a $4,500 donation.

Each year SP Ausnet encourages its employees to become involved in community work by offering a $500 grant for its employee’s charity of choice if they undertake 20 hours or more of community work in the year.

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For a record 4th year in a row, well-known and respected Sale resident, Lance Hunt, has donated his $500 grant to Barrier Breakers through his work as convenor of the Wellington Chapter of Barrier Breakers.

However there was even better news for this mental health advocacy as SP AusNet also donated a further $4000 to Barrier Breakers.

Jim Haylock, Regional Customer and Community Manager in Gippsland, said he was delighted to provide financial support to such a worthy organisation as Barrier Breakers.

“This association is doing a marvellous job in lifting the profile of mental health in our community and advocating for those impacted by mental illness,” Mr Haylock said. “Barrier Breakers has also developed a supported accommodation program for people with long-term mental illness and SP AusNet is pleased to be able to assist this important program,” he said.

In accepting the donations, Chief Executive Officer of Barrier Breakers, Susan Lloyd, said her association welcomed this support and she praised the work of Lance Hunt.

Ms. Lloyd said Lance became involved in Barrier Breakers around 4 years ago and has since organised a number of fund-raising activities, including marathon bike rides throughout the region, social fund-raisers and street stalls and his efforts have raised in excess of $70,000 to date. “This man is simply unstoppable – he continually demonstrates the energy and tenacity to enthuse others and in the process, raise large amounts of money for the cause, no matter sometimes the state of his own health and well-being”.

“In any one year, more than 50,000 Gippslanders will be impacted by mental illness and we have a long way to go to address the needs of many of our citizens, who fall between the cracks”. Ms. Lloyd concluded by again thanking AusNet and lance Hunt for their generous support.

For further information – contact Derek Amos on 0428397706

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