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Serving up less stress

Saturday, 25th July, 2009

Yesterday's mild top temperature of 16 degrees Celsius provided the perfect conditions for Lifeline's Stress Down Day.

That's because participants were encouraged to wear slippers and beanies, as well as loud ties to raise money for the charity's 24 hour counselling support services which provide emotional support to more than 1,000 people every single day of the year.

Lifeline Broken Hill staged a range of events in the Town Square as part of the initiative, including a celebrity loud tie competition judged by Richard Thomas from the post office, a sausage sizzle, silent auction, live radio broadcast and a raffle.

Local caterer Ken Holden won the tie competition, and also provided a few laughs by bringing along his own seven-foot sausage to be cooked by volunteers.

The stunt followed on from last year when Mr Holden donated $100 to the Stress Down Day in return for a sausage to be delivered to his home - but the sausage's size and taste did not impress him.

Trevor Odgers from Lifeline said it was activities such as these which allowed people to reduce their stress levels.

"It's fun and if you can have a laugh, then that's the main thing."

A number of local businesses and other organisations got behind yesterday's event, with the Musicians' Club, Credit Union and Country Energy among the most charitable donors.

Local stores also got into the spirit, with Toy World winning the best shop front award. Browzers Bookstore won second prize and St Anne's Nursing Home, the Police Station and the Legion Club receiving honourable mentions.

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