12 months after funding cuts community still rallying around Wahroonga

This time last year, the future of Carinity Communities – Wahroonga was in jeopardy after vital funding was cut from the Adolescent Wellness Program which provides free counselling and psychology services to young people aged 10 – 24 years.

Despite the funding not being restored to the service, the Rockhampton community continues to rally around the service with the Inner Wheel Club of Rockhampton Sunset raising over $12,500 for the service.

Carinity Communities – Wahroonga Program Manager Kaylene Paradine said the service continued to provide assistance to young people in need.

“This year has been rough, we have been operating on a much smaller budget and the donations by the community have been the reason we have been able to continue,” She said.

“We are incredibly blessed to have the ladies of the Inner Wheel Club who organised the wonderful Capricorn Christmas Trail as a fundraiser.”

“Christmas is a critical time for many young people and we see an increased demand for our services. As seen by the recent announced changes to the mental health system, being able to access affordable and consistent mental health services is a major barrier to treatment.”

“With continued donations, we are able to provide free counselling services to young people in the Rockhampton region.”

The Inner Wheel Club of Rockhampton Sunset President, Glenda Ireland said Wahroonga’s services were vital to the community.

“The region has a higher than average youth disengagement and unemployment. We want to see the region’s youth thrive and counselling services to assist youth in crisis is important to this,” she said.

“One of our members, Everil Curd wanted to raise funds for Wahroonga and advocated the idea of the Christmas Trail to the rest of the club. We are all absolutely ecstatic with its success.”

For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Sugget, Communications Officer, Carinity

Ph: (07) 3550 3769 / 0409 865 930

Email: emma.sugget@carinity.org.au

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