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Mixing up family fun

Thursday, 18th April, 2013

Scott Hammond and Trevor Odgers are busy preparing for the ever-popular Lifeline fete. Scott Hammond and Trevor Odgers are busy preparing for the ever-popular Lifeline fete.

By Kurtis J Eichler

Lifeline will hold one of its biggest fundraisers - the annual fete - this weekend to raise money for its 24- hour counselling service.

Lifeline screens almost 600,000 calls per year from people contemplating taking their own life. The sad fact is 2700 follow through.

Suicide is the leading cause of death amongst men aged up to 44 and women aged up to 34.

Lifeline manager Scott Hammond said every $1 raised from the day goes towards suicide prevention and making inroads at a local level.

"It's one of our most important events not only for giving the community the opportunity to experience a family day in the park.

"It also gives us the chance to raise more funds for Lifeline."

Tattoos, face painting, books, bric-a-brac, plants, raffles and barbecue, drinks, cakes and donuts will be on sale.

While they raised $3000 at last year's fete, Mr Hammond said they were working on making a few changes to the event.

"At this stage we're looking at improving the day with a jumping castle and merrygo- round which people can purchase a $5 wristband which gives them unlimited access through the day."

Mr Odgers said a lot of help from the community went into making the fete a success.

"My mother-in-law spends two weeks before giving hand in the kitchen baking all the cakes and slices."

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