Community gives $43,000! Help for youth, meal programs
MORE than 100 people of all backgrounds came together and raised a generous $42,950 for three life-changing community programs on Tuesday night.
The live crowd-funding event at the Portland Arts Centre was organised by United Way Glenelg, and drew people representing business and community organisations as well as individuals to hear first-hand about three already-established services that had the potential to benefit more locals in need.
Marketed as a philanthropic version of the TV program “Shark Tank,” the audience listened to advocates Charlie Bassett from Glenelg Live4Life, Kerry Arnott from Portland Community Mealshare and Shara Rose from Heywood and District Secondary College’s Standing Tall recount how much their programs had helped the target beneficiaries as well as the passionate volunteers that provide the personal support.
“Teenagers are often not confident about talking about their mental health: we start conversations with our peers,” youth mental health ambassador Charlie, 16, from the Live4Life program said.
The program trains teenagers to understand what emerging mental health issues might look like and what services could be helpful to assist people in need, as well as gaining an understanding of appropriate ways of responding to people that speak with them.
Charlie spoke confidently, noting that her participation in Live4Life had helped her and her friends very personally, and other young people had reached out to her for information too.
“In three years, over 60% of the (secondary school) population have been trained in mental health first aid,” she said.
“With your investment, you can reach out to more young people like me,” the Portland Secondary College student said.