Workers chill out
Saturday, 23rd July, 2011
Workers across the city gave themselves a break yesterday.
It was Stress Down Day and in the town square Lifeline staff dressed in outrageous clothing and served up sausage sandwiches to hard-working locals to raise money for the 24-hour counselling service.
Lifeline’s Broken Hill manager, Richard Lines, said holding a Stress Down Day was a good reminder to people.
“You find a great number of people in the workplace do feel stressed and days like these help people become conscious of their stress,” Mr Lines said.
Lifeline’s fundraising co-ordinator, Trevor Odgers, in his Stress Down beanie, said that more than $3000 had been raised in the town square.
“We’ve sold over 450 snags,” he said. “I’ve had to go and get more onions.
“We’ve had a lot of fun down here. We’ve had a good response.”
Lifeline’s financial counsellor, Sherri Wilkins, noticed a change in the attitude of people on the day.
“They’ve all been very happy,” she said. “It’s been a great day. It turned out a bit chilly at the start but now it’s perfect.”
Meanwhile, Mr Lines said that a telephone counsellor training course held several months ago had been a great success.
Thirteen people started the course and the same number finished it, he said.
“I’ve never heard of that happening before.
“We were staring down the barrel as far as telephone counsellors go. I’m hoping by the end of the year the numbers will be back up.”